Superintendent’s Weekly Update

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Although we have a great deal of work to do, this week was an indication that we are making progress with MiSiS. Before the first day of classes, the majority of students were enrolled with complete schedules. Throughout the week, there were no significant issues with enrolling new students, placing students in courses, or taking attendance. As of yesterday morning, we had 2,148 students enrolled but without schedules; while this number is not unusual for the first week of Spring Semester, I have asked staff to continue analyzing the numbers carefully and support schools as needed to ensure that every single student is placed in the appropriate courses.

The central office facilitated the opening of the second semester by deploying several hundred additional employees to schools according to anticipated need. The Chief Deputy Superintendent and I visited several schools and regularly checked in with the MiSiS team. The additional support was well received by school staff.

While this week represents progress, we have not lost focus on the many challenges still facing the District. Schools need more reliable and efficient customer support from MiSiS staff, the District needs to reduce the substantial backlog of attendance data from the Fall Semester, and our staff members need to continue correcting data inaccuracies. These steps will get us closer to the goal of having all students enrolled in the appropriate courses, prepared to graduate college and career ready.

Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines

Key Updates and Highlights

• We continue to help schools address the backlog of attendance records; this is imperative, as it will enable us to claim critical revenue.

English Learners
• There is currently a bug that generates inaccurate English Learner counts for schools; when this is fixed, schools will be able to submit accurate data to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).
• By early February MiSiS should allow schools to reclassify students accurately; schools should continue monitoring reclassification eligibility and assigning students to the correct classes even as the system is being updated.

• The team is working on enhancements to reduce the number of clicks needed to enroll students who recently transferred from other LAUSD schools.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
• We are on track to provide reports and notifications of student eligibility for gifted programs to schools and parents/guardians on schedule.

Graduation Standards
• An enhancement is being put into the system, which will allow secondary schools to print cumulative record labels.

• Two reports—Student Sections and Student Schedule Summary—were updated to include courses taken at magnet centers or off site; students no longer need to manage multiple schedules.
• A new Add or Drop Report was released allowing counselors to print records for students’ changing classes.

Upcoming Milestones
• The District needs to provide official notifications of 14-15 reclassifications.
• Elementary schools will have their second reporting period for grades in February.
• Secondary schools will administer the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) in February.
• We are preparing to submit accurate data to CALPADS in February.
• Schools will be completing master schedules between March and May.
• Schools will be planning summer school schedules in April.

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