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IEP Alert + Teacher  View Printable Version 
Friday, November 05 2010 @ 09:26 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchool at Muscatine Schools now displays an alert for students that have an IEP.

This alert works just like the existing alerts (Health, Guardian, etc). It's icon is a light bulb, inspired by the law that governs IEPs, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or "IDEA".

When you click the light bulb alert icon, a small window opens and displays information regarding the student's IEP as defined by the IEP Responsibility Teacher, including:

  • IEP Indicator Value
  • IEP Goal Areas
  • Last Updated By (ie, Responsibility Teacher Name)
  • Date of Last Update

What makes this Student Alert unique is the fact that the information it displays is entered by a teacher from within the PowerTeacher environment. In our school district, teachers who are responsible for the implementation of an IEP are known as "Responsibility Teachers". These teachers are assigned a section of a course known as "Responsibility". By doing this, these instructors get a list of their IEP students in PowerTeacher, regardless of whether or not they have the student in any of their other courses.

Responsibility teachers use the IEP Goal Areas student screen to enter the information we collect in PowerSchool regarding IEPs. This screen is accessed by clicking the 'Backpack' icon for their Responsibility Class, clicking the name of a student, and then choosing it from the drop-down field located in the upper right corner of the screen.

Once on the IEP Goal Areas student screen, the Responsibility teacher performs their data entry, then clicks the submit button. The information is stored in PowerSchool and is viewable on the Administration side, as well as by other teachers who have the student in one of their classes.

The final piece of this package is a Class Roster Report with the IEP information on it. This report is available to all teachers from within PowerTeacher, and should help the teacher identify students that have been placed in their class due to an IEP Goal Area.

Click the 'Read More' link below for sample screen shots, or to download this package.

http://goo.gl/kBbMT

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PowerSchool Reports - Major Update!  View Printable Version 
Thursday, November 04 2010 @ 08:48 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolI am pleased to announce that PowerSchool's reporting abilities have been greatly enhanced. The good folks at PowerDataSolutions (PDS) have released what they call their 'Report Bundle', and it has been installed on our PowerSchool server.

From the PDS web site, they have the following to say about the Reports Bundle: Features:

  • Utilizes new tabbed reports page
  • 83 reports, 25 new since Report Bundle 1.0.6
  • 5 reports sponsored by New Visions Charter Schools/Good Shepherds Charter Schools
  • Most reports now allow for the use of the currently selected students
  • Custom SQL Reports customization has been included
  • 6 custom dashboards in beginning phase of development. Reports were built by Power Data Solutions contributors and are included on behalf of all original designers.

New Reports:

  • Monthly Attendance Review: Generate multiple monthly attendance review screens at a time.
  • Class Grades: View any section with assignments in pseudo Gradebook view (Uses 4D codes, maybe slow).
  • Detailed Grade Information: View grade information for the currently selected term by student, teacher, department, house and team
  • Gradebook Verification Report: Check the Gradebook version of the Grade Verification Report.
  • Ethnicity Counts Report: Ethnicity Counts using new Race/Ethnicity Indicator
  • Students Retained: Information on students who were retained this year
  • Years Enrolled Report: Search for how many years students have been enrolled in the district at grade range.
  • Discipline Summary: View total number of discipline subtypes that occurred for each month of the current year.
  • Student Discipline Report: Generates a printable report of all discipline logs for a single student.
  • Student Supports Detail (Log Search): Shows log notes for a student over a specified period of time; this report can be run by counseling group or for all students.
  • Course Recommendation: This report shows the student course recommendations.
  • Course Recommendation Not Given: This report shows the student course recommendations not given.
  • Student Request Letters: Print Student Request Letters.
  • Section Load: Find Section information such as Course name, Expression, Active, Max and Grade breakdown.
  • Address Issues: View any address in this school that has a problem with 1 or more addresses.
  • Youngest Child at Address: Report that shows the youngest child at each street or mailing address.
  • User Login Count: Show users who have logged in a certain amount of times and who have/have not changed their passwords.
  • Bad Enrollment Dates: Select student(s) you'd like to delete and run this report to see how many records this student has in several tables.
  • Bad Entry Dates: Select student(s) you'd like to delete and run this report to see how many records this student has in several tables.
  • Federal Ethnicity Report: Show Federal Ethnicity records and search for students with missing Race/Ethnicity info to fix it.
  • Roll Over Errors: Roll Over Errors shows which records are likely to cause a roll over problem. It tries to help you find the problem before it becomes a problem.
  • Incident Management Count By Code: Provides a count of incidents for each code type, main code, and sub-code
  • Incident Management Count By Code Breakout: Provides a count of incidents for each code type, main code, and sub-code, while also providing a breakdown based on gender, grade level and ethnicity
  • Incident Management Setup Validation: Lists your setup information for incident management for the given code type
  • Student Discipline Summary: Lists the discipline records recorded in Incident Management for the given student and the specified date range. This report is also the Transfer Report for Student Discipline

New Dashboards:

  • SSO Dashboard
  • NYS Graduation Dashboard
Click the 'Read More' link below for more information!

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Elementary Report Cards: Modified Curriculum  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, October 19 2010 @ 02:35 PM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolThis past spring, the Elementary Report Card Committee worked to establish the first ever Electronic Report Card used at the Elementary level by the school district. During this early implementation, it became apparent that some things were going to be more difficult to implement than we had anticipated. One of those things was how to mark on the report card whether or not a student has modified curriculum as per their IEP. it was decided that teachers would have to hand-mark this piece of information on the report card after they had been printed off.

Here is what you need to do:

1) MANDATORY!!!! Start your gradebook, and access the "Preferences", in the File menu. Click the 'Standards' button. Check the box labeled "Display Standards and Other Measures in Final Grade Mode". Click the OK Button.

2) Since we are technically in Q2 now, your gradebook may default to the Q2 reporting term. Before working on grades, be sure you have changed the reporting term to Q1 if needed!!!

3) When you click the 'Final Grades' button for each subject, you will now see a column labeled 'Modified Curriculum'. For each student in your class that has Modified Curriculum, type 'Yes' into this column. (These instructions differ from previously released directions. Apologies if you've already entered the modified curriculum information based off the earlier instructions - that data does not carry over, so you'll need to use this method as well.)

4) For Language Arts, there are also columns for 'AR Goal Met?' and 'AR Score'. Type either 'Yes' or 'No' for each student in the AR Goal Met column (don't leave any blank), and their AR score from the AR Printed Report.

5) Behavioral / General Comments should be entered in the GradeBook under the Home Room final grade. It should not be entered in the PowerTeacher Web Site.

6) For EACH SUBJECT, once your grades are complete, click the 'Q1 In Progress' button, just above the list of student names. Check the box labeled 'Final Grades Complete', and optionally, type a note in the comment field. This note is for the front office and will not be seen by parents. Once you click 'OK', the Q1 button will turn green, and will say 'Q1 Grades Complete'.

http://goo.gl/4vBB

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Logging Into PowerTeacher For The First Time  View Printable Version 
Monday, August 23 2010 @ 04:17 PM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolPowerTeacher is a web-based program used by the teachers of Muscatine Schools to record attendance, class assignments and grades. This article describes how to log into PowerTeacher and how to change your temporary password.

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Logging Into PowerSchool For The First Time  View Printable Version 
Monday, August 23 2010 @ 02:05 PM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolPowerSchool is a web-based program used by Muscatine Schools to keep track of our student data. This article describes how to log into PowerSchool and how to change your temporary password.

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Historical Grades for Teachers  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, August 17 2010 @ 04:25 PM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolBeginning with the 2010-2011 school year, teachers using PowerTeacher will now have access to view their student's historical grades, allowing them to gain a more detailed picture of each students' performance in past classes. This will assist instructors to determine early on which students may best benefit from additional assistance or instruction during the course.

Click the "read more" link to view photos of the new page in PowerTeacher.

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Which student records have been transferred to my school, and are waiting for me to activate them?  View Printable Version 
Thursday, August 12 2010 @ 09:45 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolHere is an example of where accuracy and consistency is key.

When you transfer a student out of your building, you must select an exit code. If the student is leaving the district, more than likely the exit code you will select should be "1 - (Transferred)" If the student is moving to a building within the district however, you must use exit code "28 - (Transferred within District)"

Why is this important? For one, these transfers are reported to the Department of Education, and an incorrect exit code paints an inaccurate picture of what really transpired. By far, this is the most important reason to use the correct exit code.

A very useful reason for your day-to-day usage of PowerSchool to use the correct exit code, is that you can search for students who have been transferred to your building, and are waiting for you to activate them.

On the start page, search for the following:
/ExitCode = 28

The resulting list will contain those students that have been transferred to your building for the purpose of you re-enrolling that student. Of course, this will not work if the student was inactivated from the previous school with any other exit code.

[Update 2010-08-18]
There is now a Stored Search that will automatically select students with ExitCode 28. On the Start Page, click the "Stored Searches" link. Then click "Run Search" next to Transferred Students Waiting To Be Enrolled

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sqlReports Updated  View Printable Version 
Friday, August 06 2010 @ 01:43 PM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolsqlReports, a tool used in PowerSchool to generate SQL based data reports, has been updated to a newer version. For end-users, the big change is that when you run a report, there is now a "Print" button in the upper right corner of the report. If you click this button, the report will appear in a new window without the PowerSchool header, or navigational links down the left side of the web page. This produces a much cleaner looking result when you want to have a hard copy.

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Cummulative Year Long Grade  View Printable Version 
Friday, May 28 2010 @ 10:29 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolThe Middle Schools have indicated that teachers need to provide both a Quarter 4 final grade, and a Year Long Cumulative Final Grade for their classes. This article will show you how to configure your grade setup to accomplish this.

Click the 'read more' link below to continue.

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Next School / Next Grade Indicators  View Printable Version 
Monday, April 12 2010 @ 08:59 AM Central Daylight Time
Contributed by: bcbrock

PowerSchoolAt the end of the school year, there is a process run that will both graduate students to their next grade level, and transfer students between schools. PowerSchool uses two fields for instructions on which grade a student will be promoted to (or retained) and which school to place the student into for the following year.

Those two fields are 'Next Year Grade' and 'Next School Indicator'. Both these fields need to be completed for every student in the school district. They are found on the 'Scheduling Setup' student page.

This article will show how to mass set these fields so you don't have to do each student individually.

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