Superintendent's Weekly Update: MiSiS

I cannot say enough about how much I appreciate the MiSiS team’s ongoing collaboration with schools, educational service centers, and administrative offices. Not only have these efforts facilitated improvement of MiSiS, but they have yielded valuable insight about the need for more effective training and support around educational policies.

As an example, the MiSiS team has been working closely with a sample of four large secondary schools to review the accuracy of student transcripts one-by-one. This process has revealed the need for better training and support on the rules governing course credit, graduation standards, and college and university eligibility. At the same time, the process has assured us that many of the technical problems with student transcripts have been resolved.

I look forward to continued lessons learned and action steps following efforts like these. As a team, we will provide our students with everything they need to graduate college prepared and career ready.

Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines

Key Updates and Highlights

Attendance
• This week, schools continued to make steady progress reducing the attendance backlog. There are now approximately 630 schools (or 70%) that have zero to minimal attendance backlog and are taking attendance correctly for every student in every class period.

Grades
• Given that elementary schools are preparing for parent-teacher conferences, we are aiming to make some critical updates to elementary report card functioning ahead of schedule.

English Learners
• Availability of English Learner rosters is the one major item remaining before schools can begin reclassifying students in MiSiS.
Enrollment
• The team performed some fine-tuning to improve student search screens, allowing office staff to locate students more quickly during walk-in enrollment processes.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
• Employees can now search for GATE-eligible students by educational service center or from a range of referral dates; search results now show ethnicity and language classification for each student.
Scheduling
• The Courses and Individual Request screens were enhanced to display sortable columns for grade span, credits earned, and A-G requirements. Schools can use this information to select the appropriate courses when building master schedules and assigning classes to students.

Upcoming Milestones
• February 19 to March 6 – Second reporting period for elementary grades
• March 1-31 – Schools are preparing for fall 2015 master scheduling, which can begin once 2015-16 instructional calendar is approved
• March 6 – Certification deadline for California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS)
• March 10 – Smarter Balanced Testing begins at most schools
• March 12-20 – Mid-term for spring; most summer school enrollment begins during this period
• March 17 & 18 – March California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) administration