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CALPADS System Documentation: Updates!

Coinciding with the May 9, 2017 CALPADS release, the following documents have been updated and are posted on the CDE CALPADS Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/calpads, under the System Documentation 

        • CALPADS File Specifications (v8.6) 
        • CALPADS User Manual (v8.5) 
        • CALPADS Error List (v8.9) 
        • CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures (v8.6)
        • CALPADS Data Guide (v8.6) 


CALPADS File Specifications v8.6 

CALPADS Code Sets (v8.6) 

The CALPADS Code Sets document is provided in Microsoft Excel format and contains the current code values referenced in the CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) for the coded value data elements. The Code Sets document includes the Code Set Name, Coded Value, Name, and Description for each code value in the table. 

CALPADS File Specifications (v8.6) 

The CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) document includes an overview of the CALPADS file formats, an overview of the CALPADS data submission windows, a description of the document conventions, and a detailed outline of all CALPADS file formats. 

CALPADS File Specifications (Forms) (v8.6) 

The CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) Forms document contains the CFS file formats. This document is provided in Microsoft Excel format. CALPADS Extract Specifications (v8.6) The CALPADS Extract Specifications document is intended to assist local educational agency (LEA) staff in understanding the extract specifications of each of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) extracts. The following extract types are described in detail: ODS, SSID, Candidate List, Replacement SSID, Rejected Records, Direct Certification, Suspense Resolution, and Assessment Results. 

CALPADS Valid Code Combinations (v8.6) 

The CALPADS Valid Code Combinations document is in Microsoft Excel format and defines the valid combinations between two or more code sets. 

CALPADS User Manual (v8.5) 

The CALPADS User Manual (v8.5) is located on the CDE CALPADS Web page under the System Documentation link. This document includes detailed information regarding how to use CALPADS, how to submit data, and how the system works. This document is also available within CALPADS under the Help menu. 

CALPADS Error List (v8.9) 

The CALPADS Error List (v8.9) is located on the CDE CALPADS Web page under the System Documentation link. This document provides a comprehensive list of errors for the SSID Enrollment (SENR), Student Information (SINF), Student Program (SPRG), Student English Language Acquisition (SELA), Student Discipline (SDIS), Student Waivers (SWAV), Staff Demographics (SDEM), Staff Assignment (SASS), Course Section (CRSE/CRSC), Student Course Section (SCSE/SCSC), Student Career Technical Education (SCTE) files, Multiple Identifier (MID) Errors, in addition to certification errors (Fall 1, Fall 2, End-of-Year [EOY] 1, EOY 2, EOY 3, and EOY 4) and Miscellaneous errors. Included in each list is the Error #, Error Name, Error Description, Level of Severity, Fields Validated, and Suggested Resolution as part of each error. A Release History section is included within this document to assist in locating the revisions in the current and prior releases. 

CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures (v8.6) 

The CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures (v8.6) is located on the CDE CALPADS Web page under the System Documentation link. The purpose of this document is to provide LEAs with direction and guidance on data submission practices and business rules for submitting, updating, and maintaining high quality data in the CALPADS. The CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures reflects CALPADS as currently operating and will be updated as necessary to reflect system changes. A Revision History section has been included to help identify revisions to future releases. 

CALPADS Data Guide (v8.6) 

The CALPADS Data Guide (v8.6) is located on the CDE CALPADS Web page under the System Documentation link. The purpose of this guide is to prepare local educational agency staff – staff who are responsible for data that are collected and maintained in local systems, such as student information, food service, special education, and human resources systems – for submission of required CALPADS data. The CALPADS Data Guide is structured to meet the needs of different LEA staff, and it is not expected that all staff will need to read the entire document. To support the intent of this guide to accommodate users with different needs, some redundancy of information exists within each chapter, allowing each chapter to stand alone. The CALPADS Data Guide reflects CALPADS as currently operating and will be updated as necessary to reflect system changes. 

These new/updated versions of the CALPADS System Documentation supersede previous versions of these documents.

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Massive Phishing Attack Targets Gmail Users

 An unusually sophisticated identity phishing campaign targeted Gmail users, seeking to gain control of their entire email histories and spread itself to all of their contacts, Google confirmed Wednesday.

The worm — which arrived in users' inboxes posing as an email from a trusted contact — asked users to check out an attached "Google Docs," or GDocs, file. Clicking on the link took them to a real Google security page, where users were asked to give permission for the fake app, posing as GDocs, to manage users' email account.

To make matters worse, the worm also sent itself out to all of the affected users' contacts — Gmail or otherwise — reproducing itself hundreds of times any time a single user fell for it.


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May 2017 Direct Certification Extract Delay

 To: Local Educational Agency Representatives

From: California Department of Education – CALPADS Team

Date: May 4, 2017

Subject:May 2017 Direct Certification Extract Delay

DIRECT CERTIFICATION EXTRACT DELAY

During the recent modification of the direct certification match process to include students who are eligible for reduced-price meals through the Medi-Cal Program, we encountered some additional technical issues with the results file. In an effort to ensure that these issues were resolved, the CALPADS Team and the Nutrition Services Division have once again decided to delay the monthly match process by one week. The match was originally scheduled to occur on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 with results made available to local educational agencies (LEAs) no later than May 5, 2017. However, the monthly match process for May is now scheduled to run on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, with results made available to LEAs no later than May 12, 2017. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

REDUCED-PRICE VALUES AVAILABLE IN MAY

As a reminder, the May 2017 Direct Certification Extract will contain the following values:

Code             

Definition

S

SNAP – The student is directly certified for free meals because the student is receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (also known as CalFresh).

T

TANF – The student is directly certified for free meals through TANF, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (CalWORKS).

M

Free MediCal – The student is directly certified for free meals because the student has met the income eligibility criteria through the MediCal program.

R

Reduced MediCal – The student is directly certified for reduced-price meals because the student has met the income eligibility criteria through the MediCal program.

N

Not Certified – The student is not directly certified for free or reduced meals.

Only 14 LEAs who are participating in the Federal Medicaid Direct Certification Demonstration Project will see all students in their LEAs who have been directly certified through the Medi-Cal Program for free or reduced-price meals (M and R values); however, some other LEAs may see these values as well if the student was directly certified at one of the 14 pilot LEAs and subsequently transferred to a non-pilot LEA. Beginning July 2017, the M and R values will be visible for all LEAs.

IMPORTANT BUSINESS RULES TO REMEMBER

As LEAs are importing the direct certification results into their point-of-sale systems, it is important that the point-of-sale systems do not override a free status based on application or any other direct certification with the new reduced-price direct certification value (R). Please ensure that point-of-sale systems enforce the following business rules regarding the new reduced-price (R) value:

Existing Point-of-Sale Value

Incoming Direct Certification Extract Value

Point-of-Sale should be updated to:

Certification Status Date should be updated to:

S (SNAP), T (TANF), or M (Free MediCal)

R (Reduced MediCal)

No update necessary

No update necessary

Free by application

R (Reduced MediCal)

No update necessary

No update necessary

Other source categorically directly certified for free meals (migrant, foster, homeless, runaway)

R (Reduced MediCal)

No update necessary

No update necessary

Locally directly certified through county welfare agency or liaison for free meals through any other program

R (Reduced MediCal)

No update necessary

No update necessary

Locally directly certified through county welfare agency or liaison for free meals through any other program

M (Free MediCal)

No update necessary

No update necessary

R (Reduced MediCal)

R (Reduced MediCal

No update necessary

No update necessary

R (Reduced MediCal)

S (SNAP), T (TANF), or M (Free MediCal)

Add new record with S, T, or M

Update new record with the date the student was certified for free meals


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New Dashboard Features preview May 9th

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the availability of new features on the California School Dashboard (Dashboard) being field-tested this spring. These features include the reporting of local indicator data for local educational agencies (LEAs) that have submitted information through the self-reflection tools and the release of the Detailed Reports. 

To assist stakeholders, LEAs, and the public understand these new features, the CDE is hosting a Webinar on May 9, 2017, at 2 p.m. that will review these new features. The PowerPoint slides from the Webinar will be subsequently posted on the CDE California Accountability Model and School Dashboard Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/dashboard. 

The login information for the Webinar is included below. Please note that no pre-registration is required. California School Dashboard: Local Indicator Orientation May 9, 2017 2 p.m. 

Attendee Information: Event number: 663 816 317 

Event password: 136936 

Event registration/address for attendees: https://cdeevents.webex.com/cdeevents/onstage/g.phpMTID=e123d544de46193c09915fcb8ec66ea9b 

Sincerely, Local Agency Systems Support Office

California Department of Education 1430 N Street, Suite 5602 Sacramento, CA 95814-5901 

Phone: 916-323-LCFF (5233)

 

http://www.cde.ca.gov/

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Changes to CALPADS SENR file hit May 9th, 2017

From an email sent by CALPADS on May 2, 2017:


Dear LEA Representative, 

The Student Enrollment (SENR) file format will change on May 9, 2017. 

LEAs should complete all SENR transactions by close of business on May 8, 2017. The collection of two new data elements for high school graduates, Golden State Seal Merit Diploma and State Seal of Bi-literacy, will be added to the SENR file type on May 9, 2017. 

All SENR batch jobs in the queue that have not been fully posted will be changed to an "Excluded" status. The LEAs will not be able to take action on the "Excluded" transactions, nor will they be able to download SSID Extracts. LEAs will need to work with their student information system (SIS) vendor to make sure they have the ability to generate the new SENR extract that includes the two new fields in order to continue to obtain SSIDs and update enrollment records in CALPADS.



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A note from CAASPP Operations re: system stability

From an email sent 5/2/2017:

Dear LEA CAASPP Coordinator: 

Testing is in full swing with large volumes of online CAASPP testers—today's peak had over 450,000 students testing concurrently. The usage of the system is monitored, and when it gets close to its maximum concurrent users, it protects the system and those students who are testing by restricting access to new sessions. This situation occurred for about 20 minutes today. At that time, some test administrators received a system message and were able to log on after waiting approximately 10 minutes.

In an abundance of caution to maintain smooth operations of the CAASPP assessments for your test administrators and students, the CAASPP practice and training tests will be unavailable from 8 a.m. through 11 a.m. PT on May 3, 4, and 5, 2017. At this time, we do not anticipate the need to take the interims offline this week but please note that we may modify that decision if volumes increase.

I would like to emphasize that all CAASPP systems are running well. We are taking this step to ensure a positive testing experience for your test administrators and students. We are posting this information as a reminder on caaspp.org. The 2016–17 CAASPP summative assessments include: the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics; the California Science Test (CAST); and the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA, mathematics, and science. 

If you have any questions about this e-mail, please contact the California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at . Thank you for your continued support and patience.

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Getting the Word Out About Your Summer Programs with Help from MySchoolBucks

Here are 5 tools to help get the word out and increase participation in summer programs at your district:

1.) Morning Announcements
-- Come up with a 15 second catchy ad to encourage students to attend a summer day trip

2.) District Website or School Calendar
-- Add links to your summer program events on your schools website or digital calendar

3.) Utilize your Schools' Payments Solution
--Utilize MySchoolBucks and create a custom homepage where you can feature important products.

4.) Flyers and Emails
-- Post flyers around school and send marketing emails to parents to get the word out.

5.) Post, Tweet, Share...
-- Use your school's social media channels to post events, tweet announcements and share photos.


Source: http://blog.heartlandschoolsolutions.com/getting-the-word-out-about-your-summer-program-offering

Those end-of-year events are sneaking up on schools with AP exams, proms, and graduation right around the corner. And what's next?...summer programs! It can be a challenge to promote your summer programs when spring events and exams become a focus.​ 

MySchoolBucks offers free flyers and email templates to help communicate how your parents can pay online.   


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Problems with SBAC interim assessments leading to changes


Interesting story from today's EdSource website.Apparently the efficacy (or lack thereof) of the SBAC Interim assessments is finally getting the attention it deserves.Why it's taken four years is a good question.Hopefully we can find a way to balance these assessments with the existing third party assessments systems already in use in California school districts.

Link: https://edsource.org/2017/teacher-complaints-lead-to-improvements-in-state-tests/580246

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Need for data automation growing in K-12 education

KALAMAZOO, MICH. (March 2017) --- Level Data, a managed solutions company providing data integration solutions for school districts, has announced its Student SyncTM solution now serves more than 170 school districts throughout the nation, a 49 percent increase in a little more than a year. 

"It is an ideal fit for school districts looking to save time and money managing student accounts," shared Matt Betts, president of Level Data. "Student SyncTM automates the creation, deletion, and movement of student accounts, account properties, and home folders within a school's Active Directory, freeing Technology Directors and support staff to focus on their other responsibilities.". 

Level Data serves districts across the nation ranging in size from 500 to 50,000 students. Student SyncTM currently works with all of the most popular student management systems including PowerSchool, Infinite Campus, Genesis, Aeries, Skyward, and EduPoint. Learn more about Level Data and Student SyncTM at www.leveldata.com/studentsync

About Level Data: Level Data is a people and process focused managed solutions company founded in 2007, that works with school districts to move and administer accurate and effective data. With an emphasis on usability, we automate the workflow of student data across multiple systems and applications to improve processes and increase cost savings. Partnering with you, our team works to build a foundation of quality data that is fully managed and scalable across all of your existing applications without the need for additional servers, agents, or on-going support. 

Visit www.leveldata.com​ to learn more. ###

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New Aeries Webinar Workshops

The Aeries website has been updated with the workshops being offered in the Spring.

Please visit the Aeries website at www.aeries.com/workshops-events for detailed information on the workshops available.


Webinar workshops now open for registration:



Aeries Career Pathways

Aeries Career Pathway Dashboard makes CALPADS reporting a much easier task.  Join us for an interactive session to learn how to identify your Career Pathway students and tag them for 2016-2017 EOY data requirements.

Aeries Web Security & Portal Options

An overview of implementing and managing Aeries security, portal options, portal account management, and portal groups security.

Aeries Database Administrator (DBA) Overview

Understanding the role, responsibilities, and best practices of the Aeries DBA. Best practices for Aeries SQL database management in a production environment.

Aeries Re-Registration E28093 Parent Data Confirmation

Learn how this included feature of the parent portal can save schools a great deal of time and expense normally associated with the printing, packaging, and distribution of New School Year re-registration packets.


CALPADS EOY 2&3

A combined analysis of the first part of the 4 different CALPADS EOY submissions:

1. Course Completion and Career and Technical Education (CTE)
2. Program Participation
3. Discipline
4. *New* STAS file

For each CALPADS EOY submission, an overview of the data management expectations and the Aeries data entry forms will be discussed, as well as an overview of the most common CALPADS submission errors.


CALPADS EOY 1 & STAS

A combined analysis of the second part of the 4 different CALPADS EOY
submissions:

1. Course Completion and Career and Technical Education (CTE)
2. Program Participation
3. Discipline
4. *New* STAS file

For each CALPADS EOY submission, an overview of the data management expectations and the Aeries data entry forms will be discussed, as well as an overview of the most common CALPADS submission errors.


Closing Out the School Year

How the "closing out the school year" process for CALPADS is completed in Aeries. This will include how Aeries handles E155s, exiting students, Graduates/Matriculating students, and the reporting of the UC/CSU eligible students. Also, how to manage new RFEP students so they report correctly in the SELA process.

Register for webinar workshops http://www.aeries.com/workshops-events

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Student Privacy 101: FERPA for Parents and Students


Ever have questions about your rights regarding education records? This short video highlights the key points of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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Principal suspends 500 students over truancies.

So I wonder how this would impact a California school's dashboard: 

 http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/31/pennsylvania-high-school-gives-nearly-500-students-suspension-notices.html



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Schoolzilla unveils new Mosaic District Progress Monitoring tool

Schoolzilla is a well established data analysis tool in use by many districts in California, including Redwood City USD and Camino Nuevo Charter Academy.  The new tool is just about as closely aligned to the new California Dashboard standards as you can get; the tool maps directly to categories of culture, academics, school climate, and college & career readiness.  The overall platform itself evolved out of an effort among California Charter school leaders in the Aspire organization, and continues as a for-profit organization based out of Oakland.

The Mosaic tool syncs directly with your existing SIS and assessments systems (as well as several others).  So if you district uses Aeries, eSchoolPlus, Illuminate, Infinite Campus, PowerSchool, Synergy, or Tyler (and 98% of California districts use one of those), then you are IN LUCK!  The SchoolZilla connector will sync automatically and bring attendance data, enrollment data, student demographic data, etc. into the SchoolZillla program for extensible and customizable reports.

The integration connectors don't just stop at the SIS level.  Assessment systems, behavior management, finance, grading, even teacher observation programs can also be connected and "plugged-in" to the SchoolZilla platform.



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Dashboard Overview from Brea Olinda USD

​Here's an even better video explaining how the new California School Dashboard works and what it replaces. (And why this system is likely a better, more holistic approach to evaluating school progress).

The video was created by two educators from Brea Olinda USD, who gave me permission to link to the video here on the site.  Thanks Kerry & Erin!


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New California Dashboard - 5 min. Overview

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CAASPP Coordinators Update - March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 


Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators: 


LAUNCH OF THE PILOT TESTS FOR SCIENCE 


The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce the launch of two new assessments for pilot testing, the California Science Test (CAST) and the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science. These assessments will be available once your local educational agency (LEA) testing windows opens. Please note that students and schools will not receive results from the CAST and CAA for Science pilot tests. I encourage you to use this opportunity to begin the transition to the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). 


The items on the CAST pilot test reflect the new, innovative approach to teaching science called for in the CA NGSS. Item types used for the CAST pilot range from traditional multiple-choice item types to items that utilize simulations and other technology-enabled item types. The CAST is designed to encompass items that assess at least two of the three learning dimensions in the CA NGSS: Disciplinary Core Ideas; Science and Engineering Practices; and Crosscutting Concepts. The CAST practice test Online Practice and Training Test Portal contains sample items for grades five, eight, and high school and is available on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Portal. The Quick Reference Guide: How to Start a Training Test for Science is a resource for educators and parents on how to access the CAST training test and is available on the CDE CAST Web page. 


The CAA for Science pilot test consists of an embedded performance task, that consists of a collection of activities and questions that can be administered after related concepts are introduced and taught to the students. The administration of the embedded performance task following instruction allows students to demonstrate what they know and can do in a less burdensome environment and minimizes the gap between instruction and assessment. A Training Sample of an Embedded Performance Task is posted on the CAASPP portal. 


Building the CAST and the CAA for Science tests are a learning process. We are continually seeking new ways to improve our items as California continues to implement the CA NGSS to ensure that the CAST and the CAA for Science best measures what students know and can do. The CDE continues to engage stakeholders, teachers, and science and assessment experts for input on this journey of creating a quality assessment that best reflects the richness of the CA NGSS. Because the science pilot tests serve as a learning process, we encourage educators and students to complete the surveys at the end of the pilots to provide feedback that will be used to refine the science assessments. 


In addition, the CDE will be providing new resources to assist you during the transition to these new assessments on the CAASPP System Web page. These resources will include: 


• Introductory videos to the CAST and the CAA for Science pilot tests 



• CAST and CAA for Science Fact Sheets providing the who, what, where, why 
and how questions about the pilot tests 



• Quick Reference Guide: How to Start a CAST pilot test 
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the CAASPP Office by phone at 916-445-8765 or by e-mail at .

cc: LEA CAASPP Coordinators

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New Checklist Feature (Still in beta - but live now!)

We just completed our beta test of our new checklist feature.  We hope to build out a library of dozens of checklists for routine tasks associated with each data silo (e.g. CALPADS, CBEDS, TOMS, Dashboard, CRDC).

It's free to use (just have to be a registered member) and we are taking requests for additional checklist ideas.

Basically we'll have a checklist library organized by data silo/system.  Users will be able to "check out" a checklist and use it throughout the reporting period.  When completed, your checklist can be printed out for documentation/reference, or "reset" for use next time.

Currently we have the CAASPP Checklist up.  You can find it currently under the "Solutions" menu or your User Menu.

Questions?  Checklist ideas?  Send them our way:  


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EdSource Podcast - Ep 5. March 18, 2017

Edsource has a podcast!  Who knew?


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USAC’s Schools and Libraries News Brief - March 17, 2017

Commitments for Funding Year 2016

Funding Year 2016. USAC is scheduled to release Funding Year (FY) 2016 Wave 39 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) on March 23. This wave includes commitments for approved applications for all service types and at all discount levels. As of March 17, FY2016 commitments total over $2.36 billion.

On the date the FCDLs are issued, you can access your FCDL notification from the Notifications section of your landing page in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC).

How to Copy an FRN

When completing the FCC Form 471, you can often save time by copying a Funding Request Number (FRN) from the same or another FCC Form 471. The form must exist in EPC – so the FRN to be copied must have been created for FY2016 or FY2017 – but the form does not have to be certified, as long as all of the information for the FRN you want to copy has been completed.

To copy an FRN from the same or another FCC Form 471, follow these steps:

  • Start your new FCC Form 471 in EPC. Provide the required data in the Basic Information and Entity Information sections of the form.
  • When you reach the Funding Requests section, click the green Add FRN button.
  • Create a nickname and answer the question, "Is this Funding Request a continuation of an FRN from a previous funding year?"
  • Click the green Copy FRN button.
  • To locate the FRN, you must search for either your FCC Form 471 application number or the FRN. If you do not have your form number or FRN, you can right-click the FCC Forms link on the left-hand menu, choose "Open Link in New Tab," and then perform a search to locate your form.
  • After you identify the form or the FRN, you will then see a list of the FRN(s) you can copy. Check the box next to the FRN you want to copy and click the green Continue button.
  • The system will then copy the FRN you chose. You must click the Refresh button to view the copied FRN in your current form.
  • Review the copied FRN and make any necessary updates. Note that some information cannot be edited. Fields you can edit include:
    • Nickname
    • Service type, but only if you delete all associated FRN line items
    • Contract, if you associated a contract with the original FRN
    • Competitive bidding information, if you identified the original FRN as tariffed or month-to-month (e.g., number of bids received, establishing FCC Form 470 number, service provider, pricing confidentiality).

Keep in mind that the Copy FRN function is probably most useful for those applicants with a large number of FRN line items that are the same or very similar to those from another FCC Form 471. For applicants with only a few FRNs or FRN line items, it is probably easier to enter them manually.

QDRs To Be Issued for Fourth Quarter 2016

At the end of each quarter, USAC issues a Quarterly Disbursement Report (QDR) to each billed entity if any invoicing activity occurred during that quarter. The QDR includes every FCC Form 472 (BEAR Form) and FCC Form 474 (SPI Form) for all funding years that were submitted to USAC and processed during that quarter for that billed entity.

QDRs did not run for the fourth quarter of last year (October 1 – December 31, 2016). We have now run these reports, and they will be mailed next week. The date of this QDR cover letter will appear asDecember 31, 2016. This is because the system automatically assigns the day after the last payment file for that quarter as the date of the report, not the date that the report is produced.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we will make sure that this quarter's report (for the period January 1 – March 31, 2017) is properly generated at the end of this month.

Update on New Fields in FCC Form 471 Download Tool

The FCC Form 471 Download Tool allows users to download detailed information from FCC Forms 471 for a particular funding year and state. You can also specify the ORIGINAL version of the form as submitted by the applicant or the CURRENT version that reflects all commitment and post-commitment modifications.

Your search results contain the following seven tabs in a single workbook:

  • Basic Information
  • Consultants
  • Discount Calculations
  • FRN
  • FRN Line Items
  • Recipients of Service
  • Connectivity Information

We have added the following eight fields that have been missing from the search results:

  • Basic Information tab
New column header Added after column ...
Authorized Phone Ext Authorized Phone
Last Updated Date Has a Service Provider listed on any of the FCC Forms 471 filed by this Billed Entity...?
  • Consultants tab
New column header Added after column ...
Phone Number Ext Phone Number
  • FRN tab
New column header Added after column ...
Contract Type Contract Number
How many bids were received for this contract? Contract Type
Based on State Master Contract? How many bids were received for this contract?
Based on a multiple award schedule? Based on State Master Contract?
Was an FCC Form 470 posted for the product and/or services you are requesting? User-entered Establishing FCC Form 470#
Leased or IRU Fiber Sub-type

Special Note Regarding Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) and Audit-related Activity

During a consortium's special compliance review, audit, payment quality assurance (PQA) assessment or other program integrity effort, USAC will not hold the consortium financially responsible for any finding that is based on incorrect data entered by a school or library.

We will also include this updated language in the Appeals & Audits section of the USAC website.

 

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PUBLIC RELEASE OF CALIFORNIA'S NEW ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM

Dear Dashboard and Accountability Coordinators:

PUBLIC RELEASE OF CALIFORNIA'S NEW ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM

 

The purpose of this e-mail is to inform you that California’s new multiple measures accountability system is now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Web site at http://www.caschooldashboard.org. The new system is reported through the California School Dashboard (hereafter referred to as the Dashboard).

 

Also available on the CDE Web site is the Five-by-Five Placement Report which can be accessed athttp://www.cde.ca.gov/dashboard. While the Dashboard displays the Status (current performance), Change (difference from prior performance), and performance level (color) for each state indicator, it does not identify which of the 25 performance results the district, school, or student group received. The Five-by-Five Placement Report identifies the location of the LEA, school, or student group on the five-by-five grid.

Resources

The CDE California Accountability Model & School Dashboard Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/dashboard contains five tabs:

  1. An Overview tab which provides a general overview of the new accountability system, including a five-minute video in both English and Spanish.
  2. A Parents tab, which includes the five-minute video in both English and Spanish
  3. A Resources tab containing all of the five-by-five colored tables for each of the state indicators.
  4. Data Files and Guide tab containing a quick reference guide, an updated technical guide containing calculation methods, and downloadable data files containing the data used for the Dashboard and the Five-by-Five Placement Report. (See the CDE March 2017 Technical Guide: Appendix G Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/cm/appendixgmarch2017.asp to access the major updates made to the technical guide.)
  5. Communications Toolkit tab containing sample materials (such as parent notification letters in multiple languages) that districts and schools can customize for local use. There is also a flyer to help communicate the Dashboard to stakeholders and a set of Frequently Asked Questions.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding:

  • The Five-by-Five Placement Report, downloadable data files, or the calculation methods on all state indicators, including the Grade 11 Distance from Level 3, please contact the Academic Accountability Unit by e-mail at  or by phone at 916-319-0863.
  • Dashboard Coordinators and local indicators, please contact the Local Agency Systems Support Office by e-mail at  or by phone at 916-319-0809.

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