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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. 

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