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My School Info - December 2017 Enhancements

The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of My School Info (MSI) - December 2017 Enhancements.The December 2017 update of My School Info provides new data for 2017-2018 and, two (2) new data sets:

  • School districts and Schools for the 2017-2018 school year have been added.
  • The ACT Aspire Growth data set(s) has been added for the 2015-2016 and, 2016-2017 school year.
  • Workforce Stability Index data sets for 2016-2017 & 2017-2018 school years,

Districts and Schools have now been loaded for the 2017-2018 school year. 

The ACT Aspire Growth data has been added for the 2015-2016 school year.  There are subgroups for LEA Mean Value-Added Growth for Math and for ELA, for grades 3-10 and for all grades combined.

Arkansas is developing a Workforce Stability Index (WSI) to help inform school districts regarding considerations for recruiting, assigning, and retaining a quality educator workforce. The relative stability of an educator workforce can be estimated by examining factors determined to be relevant to educator quality.

Note: In the upcoming enhancements, the option of adding a new report called "Growth vs. Achievement" is being explored. The Growth and Achievement report allows users to graphically plot the relationship between ACT Aspire Growth data and ACT Aspire Achievement data.  The interface consists of two tabs: “All Students” and “By Demographic Group”.
My School Info – Reports tab launch and October 2017 Enhancements

The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of Reports tab for schools/districts for My School Info (MSI) along with the October 2017 Enhancements.

The October 2017 update of My School Info provides several new features, reports, and additional data sets:

  • A report has been added named “Act 1015 Discipline Reporting”.  This report contains students per 100 data and disciplinary action counts broken down by demographic populations.  This data can also be added to custom reports or statewide reports with a new set of data elements.
  • The Annual Statistical Report has been added as a new report for Districts and the State of Arkansas.  Actual totals and budgeted totals are displayed on a graph and the new data elements are available for custom reports or statewide reports.
  • There is a new report available for schools which displays a detailed list of waivers granted to the school by the Arkansas Department of Education.  A short summary of those waivers is also available on each school’s profile page.
  • A new dataset has been added to show the Workforce Stability Index (WSI).
  • When building custom reports or selecting data elements to be displayed on a Statewide Report, all Assessment datasets have been rolled up under a single section named “Student Assessment”.  There is also a new section named “Reports” which contains data elements related to the newly released reports.
  • The School/District search has been updated to use filtering criteria for the 2016-2017 school year. 

My School Info – Reports video showcase:

Visit My School Info using the URL: https://myschoolinfo.arkansas.gov

Annual (End of School Year 2016 - 2017) data updates completed for My School Info

The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to announce the completion of the Annual (End of the School Year 2016 – 2017) data updates for My School Info. The updates include a variety of subject areas involving Statewide Information System (SIS) and 2017 ACT Aspire Summative - Preliminary Scores.

 

The list of the data areas include in the annual updates are mentioned as below:

  1. 2017 Act Aspire Summative – Preliminary Scores (Pre-Appeals)
  2. SIS – Personnel (Teacher) Licensure Exception Areas
  3. SIS – Student Enrollment (Final Counts)
  4. SIS – Student Disciplinary Actions
  5. SIS – Student Disciplinary Infractions
  6. SIS – Homeless (End of the Year) Counts
  7. SIS – Student Average Daily Membership (Includes all cycle data  re-submissions)
  8. SIS – Student Medical Dyslexia
  9. SIS – Bus (Transportation)
  10. SIS – Finance Transportation 

Districts will have the opportunity to make corrections to their student data prior to accountability reports being published.

Visit My School Info using the URL: https://myschoolinfo.arkansas.gov

My School Info - March 2017 Enhancements

The March 2017 update of My School Info (MSI) provides several new features and additional data sets as listed below:

       New Data Sets to My School Info

  • Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment type
  • National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) Counts
  • Transportation – Wi-Fi Enabled count & Total number of route miles traveled per day
  • Grade 5 & Grade 7 Science Benchmark Assessments
  • End-of-Course (EOC) Biology Benchmark Assessments
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – Norm-Referenced Tests

    School/District Comparison

  • Share Report feature added to School/District Comparison
  • Save Report added to School/District Comparison

    Custom Reports

  • Custom Reports can now graph or trend numeric values in General information category
  • Data tags added for Conversation Charter and, Open Enrollment Charter under General section
  • Data tags added for Congressional District; Senators and Representatives  under General section of Custom Reports

    Analyzer

  • Analyzer can now display data plotted as bubbles on Arkansas map
  • The maps for Analyzer includes the option of school district boundaries markings
  • The maps for Analyzer are color coded based on 3 tier data segments
  • Share Report feature added to Analyzer
  • Capability of sending LEA search results to Analyzer to filter LEAs has been included

    Statewide Reports (MSI Plus)

  • Capability of sending LEAs based on filters to Analyzer

    FAQ Section

  • Use Case Videos in the form of tutorials has been added by roles – Superintendents; Principals; Curriculum Coordinators; Counselors; Book-Keepers and Parents/Community to the FAQ section of MSI

My School Info – March 2017 enhancement features video showcase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA8qRNjk8_c

Visit My School Info @ https://myschoolinfo.arkansas.gov

2017-2018 Statewide Information System (SIS) Handbook Published on ADE Data Center

The 2017-2018 Statewide Information System (SIS) Handbook has been published on the ADE Data Center website.

The SIS handbook is released on March 1st. of every year.  The Statewide Information System Handbook for data collection is updated yearly, either to remove data elements that are no longer needed, modify current data collection items per cycle or, to add new data elements as required by Ad-hoc, State and Federal reporting requirements. 

On a high-level overview, this year the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is making close to 25 data field and report updates (add, delete, modify) to improve the overall data collection process.  A few examples of the data element changes are the additions of the new district personnel/coordinators’ information & Licensed Salary Schedule section to the District Table and, modifications to the English Learner field in the Student table and select fields for the special education tables. The medical dyslexia table has changes for the recording of “receiving therapy” data field along with additional fields for discipline infraction reporting.  A summary table and description for all the changes for 2017-2018 has been included under section “Data Changes for this Year’s SIS Handbook” on page 151 - 152 of the 2017-2018 SIS Handbook.

The 2017-2018 Statewide Information System (SIS) Handbook is now published on the ADE Data Center under SIS menu/icon and available via the link https://adedata.arkansas.gov/sis/SISHandbooks.aspx

The SIS implements the provisions of several Arkansas General Assembly enactments which mandate that the ADE make extensive use of Information Technology (IT) at the state and local levels to provide accurate and timely information to policy makers and to reduce the state reporting burden. This is an important data collection and reporting process which requires continuous attention to detail throughout the year encompassing nine submission cycles. 

My School Info - January 2017 Enhancements

The January 2017 update of My School Info (MSI) provides several new features and additional data sets as listed below:

  • Share a Report capability
  • My Saved Reports functionality
  • Slider for Multiple Years
  • Implementation of Search Engine Optimization
  • Travelling transparent-type Top Menu Bar option
  • MSI Plus (District Statewide/School Statewide Reports) – Hyperlinked to LEA/Number for detailed info
  • Navigation option available from MSI – Search to MSI Plus (District Statewide/School Statewide Reports) by using search filters
  • New Data Sets: Congressional District search; ACT Aspire Science scores; Licensure Code Exception; Computer Science Initiative (Act 187 of 2015); Dyslexia; etc.

After logging into My School Info, authorized users can now see a “My Saved Reports” page that will allow them to save a custom report or, statewide report for later use with “Save Report” feature. Users who are not logged into the system can send a custom report or, statewide report to an e-mail address with the “Share Report” feature.

Custom reports have been enhanced with a new slider to choose the year range to run the reports.

Statewide reports can now be limited to specific list of schools or, districts by performing a school or, district search and then clicking “Generate Report”. In addition, when viewing a statewide report, a school or, district can be viewed by clicking on the name of the school or, district.

New data sets available to include: ACT Performance Counts which include the number of students tested, ACT Aspire Science scores, teacher license exceptions, computer science enrollment by course and by grade and race, and student dyslexia counts,

Please refer the attached PDF document with the memo for more detailed instructions.

My School Info enhancement features video showcase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKD0ydcYPz0

My School Info URL: https://myschoolinfo.arkansas.gov

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