Superintendent's Weekly Update: MiSiS

Again, I want to recognize the heroes who have gone above and beyond to ensure that our students’ transcripts and grades are correct. Throughout the district, employees dropped what they were doing this week to help our students. This included our teachers, counselors, assistant principals of secondary counseling services, principals, education service center superintendents, directors, counseling coordinators, central office staff, and others.

I also want to take a moment to recognize the important progress that LAUSD and Microsoft are making together to stabilize the MiSiS system. This week, top executives from Microsoft met with District staff to discuss immediate strategies to address the most urgent MiSiS priorities, and to lay the foundation for an ongoing partnership. Already, our IT team and Microsoft have worked with schools to resolve the majority of transcript issues. Please call the HelpDesk if you are still having any complications with transcripts.

Finally, I will submit a request to the Bond Oversight Committee on November 20 and to the Board of Education in December for appropriate funding, which will enable the District to move forward and resolve the issues we are experiencing with MiSiS, and to provide additional training and support to our schools.

I appreciate your efforts on behalf of LAUSD students and their families.

Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines

Top Issues Being Addressed

Transcripts

• Currently, there is one critical outstanding issue. If you are still experiencing issues with transcripts, please contact the help desk at (213) 241-5200, Option 5.

Master Schedule – Second Semester Rollover

• We are encouraging all secondary schools to attempt to complete their Master Schedules for second semester by November 21. We realize that some technical issues may prevent schools from completing the rollover at this time. Please let the help desk know if you are having any issues.

Grades
• If needed, Elementary schools should use the paper report cards they received this week for parent/teacher conferences.


Attendance/Statistical Reports

• The team continues to work on the statistical reports. Central teams are reaching out to impacted schools to resolve this issue.

English Learners

We have continued to make steady progress to correct English Learner data. We will continue to work with MiSiS and the Office of Data and Accountability until our data accurately reflects our EL students’ records. Our goal is to ensure that schools are able to monitor and use reliable EL student data in all areas.

Please refer to your Educational Service Center/MMED English Learner staff for more information.

Upcoming Milestones

• Fall Survey corrections are due November 21.
• The due date for including school meal data for 2015-16 Title 1 ranking decisions has been extended to December 1, 2014. This will have no impact on the budget.