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Starting the school year with datacation best practices for new visions schools

Starting the School Year with Datacation:Best Practices for New Visions Schools

Version: 1.0

Last Updated: 8.19.11

For Administrators, Data Specialists & NV Staff

What is datacation
What is Datacation?

Datacation is a comprehensive web-based, student data management system comprised of 5 Portals with an array of tools enabling educators, parents and students to track student progress toward graduation and college readiness.

  • Summer 2011 System Changes

  • Skedula 2.0 & Pupil Path

  • New look and feel

  • Greater administrative controls

  • Standards based grading option

  • Pupil Path will support new features in Skedula 2.0

  • NCLB/Grad

  • Several new reports

  • Data visuals--graphs and charts--for every report much like the NV Data Tools


The Teacher Portal

The Report Card Portal


The Accountability Portal

The Data Tools Portal

The Parent & Student Portal

Key points on infrastructure
Key Points on Infrastructure

To ensure accurate and up-to-date data schools must take ownership of the system to ensure it is properly set up and maintained.

Key points on infrastructure cont
Key Points on Infrastructure (cont.)

To support Datacation, we recommend that at the beginning of the school year:

Goals for this presentation
Goals for this Presentation

To demonstrate how Datacation is set up at the beginning of the school year

To inform administrators of the multiple options they have in customizing Skedula 2.0 to support certain grading policies

To provide step-by-step instructions on how to perform key actions

To outline what schools must do to ensure that the data in Datacation remains accurate and up-to-date over the course of the school year

We will also outline the Technical Assistance & Support services available to New Visions schools.

Be advised:

Wherever you see icon that means there is a downloadable Quick Guide available with more information.

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System set up checklist
System Set Up Checklist

Datacation cannot be set up without input from the Principal and school leadership.

This 10-step school set up process should be completed collectively by the school’s Data Specialist, Principal, APs and other school leaders.

Installing the data extractor
Installing the Data Extractor

Datacation connects directly to HSST & ATS databases via the Data Extractor. Every time you run the Data Extractor, Datacation pulls the most up-to-date HSST/ATS files into the system. Running the Extractor regularly over will keep the Datacation system working optimally over the course of the school year.

  • Important information regarding installation:

  • You must install the Data Extractor on a computer that uses an Admin Line (VLAN2).  If your computer can connect to HSST or ATS, it is on the proper line

  • Do not install on the HSST Client!

  • To install the Data Extractor:

    • click “Launch” OR,

    • Log into Skedula and Click “Administration”  “Data Status”

  • If nothing happens, you need to install .NET Framework 3.5 and Windows Installer 3.1 on the computer

    • To do this you must login as the local administrator. 

    • If you need the password, speak to your school's IT Tech.

    • Otherwise, contact the Datacation team at 866-817-0726 or [email protected]

Uploading files through the data extractor
Uploading Files through the Data Extractor

  • Once your Master Schedule and Teacher Reference Table are complete and your Data Extractor is installed, you are now ready to upload data into Datacation!

  • To do this: Click “Run Force Full Sync” from the Sync Wizard or File Upload Screen.

  • You will be prompted to enter your ATS and HSST (if the school uses HSST) passwords

  • A Full Force sync will pull the latest version of your HSST/ATS files.

  • Auto Sync will refresh any files that have been modified since the last Full Sync.

The File Upload Screen

Verifying your data upload was successful
Verifying Your Data Upload Was Successful

  • Once the Data Upload is complete, the next step is to verify the upload was successful.

  • To do this: Log into Skedula 2.0  Click “Administration”  “Data Status”

  • The Data Status page populates a File Log. From this page you can view:

    • The name and description of each file

    • If there were any errors in uploading files during your last sync

    • (Marked by an X)

    • The date each file was last synced

    • How old each file is

  • Look through the logs to ensure all the files were uploaded successfully.

For the first two weeks of school, New Visions recommends you run a Full Force Sync once a day in order for Datacation to catch any programming or scheduling changes you make in HSST.

For Help: Contact Datacation tech support 866-817-0726 or [email protected]

Verifying user registration setting user rights
Verifying User Registration & Setting User Rights

  • Once your data is uploaded, the teacher reference table from HSST is automatically pulled into the system. You need to verify that this information is accurate and set user rights for your school population. There are default user rights set based on user Account Types (Teacher, Administrator Staff). You can change these default settings for an individual user or group.

To do this:Click “Administration”  “User Accounts”

  • A list of your User Accounts will appear

  • From this page you can add a new account or edit an account

  • To Edit an account click on the

  • Pencil Icon; from here you can:

    • Add an Alternative E-mail

    • Change Job Titles & Account Types

    • Delete User/s

    • Reset & E-mail User Passwords

    • Modify User Rights

  • See “Setting User Rights” Quick Guide for more information.

Verifying uploading school information
Verifying & Uploading School Information

  • The next step is to verify that your school information is correct. You also have an opportunity to upload a school logo. This information is linked to PADS and will be used in creating report cards. Optional: Create events on the school calendar and upload files that can be shared with the entire school.

Verifying School Info: Click “Administration”  “School Info”

  • Verify your school address and contact information is correct

  • Upload a school logo (that will be shown on report cards)

  • Managing the School Calendar: Click “Account”  “School Calendar”

  • Add events to the School Calendar

  • Categorize events by type (Announcement, School Closed, Meeting, School Staff Only)

  • Anything on the School Calendar is public to all users unless the event is categorized as “School Staff Only”

  • Uploading School Files: Click “Account” “File Manager”

  • Click “Upload File”  “Browse for Files”

  • Upload to “School Shared Files”

  • Anything uploaded to the School Shared File folder is public to all users and downloadable (common rubrics, field trip forms, parent letters, etc.)

Assigning course codes editing courses
Assigning Course Codes & Editing Courses

  • Need to ask Peter about this.

  • To Include:

  • Course Codes

  • Course User Assignments

  • Course Names

Grading controls in skedula 2 0
Grading Controls in Skedula 2.0

  • In Skedula 2.0, administrators (if they so choose) have greater control over how teachers set up and manager their online gradebooks. It is important that school leaders know what controls they have so they can make smart decisions about what rules to set.

Specifically, administrators have the power to:

  • Lock Marking Period dates for a particular course, group of courses, or the whole school.

  • If Marking Period dates are not locked, teachers will have the ability to choose their own marking period dates for each of their courses.

  • Lock Course Category weights for a particular course, group of courses, or the whole school.

  • If Course Category weights are not locked, teachers will have the ability to choose their own weights for each of their courses.

3. Lock Valid Grades for a particular course, group of courses, or the whole school. If Valid Grades are not locked, teachers will have the ability to enter any grade in their gradebooks.

Controlling marking periods course categories
Controlling Marking Periods & Course Categories

To do this:Click “Course Settings”  “Course Categories”

  • Choose your Marking Period dates & check “Lock Marking Periods”

  • Fill in the table with your Course Categories and Weights & check “Lock Categories” and/or “Lock Weighted Categories”

  • Click “Save to…”

Save to one course, a group of courses, or entire school.

Choose dates.

This locks the assignment categories teachers can choose.

TIP: You can also create a category that is not assigned a percentage of the overall grade. This is features is especially useful for things like baseline and formative assessments that you want to track over time but that are not graded.

This locks marking period dates.

This locks the weighting percentages of each assignment category.

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Two Types of Grading in Skedula 2.0

  • In addition to greater administrative controls, Datacation has also added a new grading option this year. There are now two types of grading in Datacation—Traditional (Single Assignment) Grading and Standards Based Grading. Schools may choose to use only one option or engage in a combination of both.

  • Schools can lock teachers out of either grading option (See Quick Guides for more information).

  • IMPORTANT: If you are considering using Standards Based Grading please e-mail [email protected] for additional support & training.

Controlling valid grades single assignment gradin g
Controlling Valid Grades (Single Assignment Grading)

To do this:Click “Course Settings”  “Valid Grades”

Controlling valid grades standards based grading
Controlling Valid Grades (Standards Based Grading)

To do this:Click “Course Settings”  “Valid Standard Grades”

Key teacher actions
Key Teacher Actions

  • To Include:

  • Creating Assignments

  • Viewing Student Potfolios

  • Grading Assignments

  • Grading Icons

  • Taking Attendance