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1 Statewide Student Management System SIS Updates September 19, 2014

2 Deborah Gilliam Product Manager, SIS Office

3 Statewide Student Management System  101 state hosted districts –Edupoint (26) –Follett (9) –Pearson (9) –Skyward (31) –STI (26)

4 Participating Addendum Reminders  You are not committed to the SSMS for life of contract  You are not committed to a vendor for life of contract  Change vendors – new PA required  Change from local/vendor hosted to DOE hosted – PA required  Document vendor selection process –Maintain documentation on file locally –Include rationale for selection (Ex: memo explaining rationale, minutes from Board meeting, etc.) –Required for audit purposes

5 Annual Cost Billing Process  Annual cost based on funded ADM counts (K-12 only)  District responsible for paying district share of annual costs –Vendors direct billing for district share of annual cost could begin on/after Aug 1 –Vendors required to provide DOE copy of district annual costs invoices for verification and audit purposes  Vendors billing DOE directly for state share of annual cost ($2.55/ADM) for SSMS districts

6 Outlook for  The new fiscal year budget cycle will dictate if or how many additional districts we can accommodate in  Current annual cost subsidy level is $2.55/ADM  Could potentially adjust the annual cost subsidy level (downward) to accommodate additional districts

7 SSMS General  Routine maintenance downtime windows as needed –Wednesday evenings (5PM – midnight) –Saturdays (6AM Sat – 6AM Sun) –Application releases/updates, etc. applied during these times (unless emergency)  Any other downtimes – will be notified  New SSMS Listservs established for general DOE communications to SSMS districts –Per vendor and combined

8 SSMS General  Extracts generated routinely by vendor –Automated process –3 days/week –Data entered/changed by 5:00 PM SIS Vendors Create Extracts By PM EIS Processes Extracts (Close of Business) Data Available in EIS (Start of Business) MondayTuesdayWednesday ThursdayFriday MondayTuesday

9 SSMS General  Extracts staggered during implementation –Group 1: district and school calendars (5 extracts) –Group 2: class schedule, student enrollment, staff current assignment (6 extracts) –Group 3: all remaining extracts – student, completion, grades, busing, etc. (17 extracts)  All new SIS vendors, except Follett, are now sending all required extracts –Follett all but 4 extracts in group 3  SIS application releases, updates, patches, etc. - applied by vendor for all districts at same time

10 Resources, Support and Protocol –Data mapping document (maps state required data elements to data fields in SIS application) –Vendors responsible for application support Support staff should have knowledge of TN requirements –EIS Help Desk – assists with data reporting errors –Issues with application/Azure environment access All vendors have admin access to boxes in state hosted Azure environment All vendors should be monitoring environment DOE has monitoring tools in place and looking at additional monitoring tools/options (alerts) Will be doing routine “cleansing” of Azure environment

11 Resources, Support and Protocol –Issues with your SIS should first be reported to your vendor If vendor cannot resolve issue – vendor notifies DOE –Overall DOE Product Support will be restructured to provide a more integrated and streamlined process One stop shop for all DOE outward facing applications New ticketing system More communications and details to come as the processes and procedures are ironed out

12 IMPORTANT DATES  November 1, All historical data must be pulled for data conversion  Mid – Late November 2014 – cut-off for “live” access to Star_Student to complete state Report Card reporting process  November 30, 2014 – all district user access to Star_Student will be terminated  November 15, 2014 – deadline to submit Participating Addendums for implementation

13 Most Common SIS Vendor Implementation Issues  Missed deadlines during “go-live” implementation and EIS testing of extracts and reports –All five vendors required to test/validate generation of EIS extracts and reports  Poor/no QA during EIS testing  Poor validation on required data fields and state defined codes –Suggests issues with mapping data during conversion and properly mapping required data elements to correct fields in their application –State defined code tables should be locked down

14 Most Common SIS Vendor Implementation Issues  Insufficient/lack of prior planning/preparation to address TN specifics in application  Assumed their vendor hosted model fit the SSMS model (business as usual)  Insufficient resources to handle the TN implementation –Having the right people involved –Underestimated the amount of work, time and effort needed for the TN implementation –Same resources working on multiple components TN specifics + EIS testing + training + application updates TN application development + DLP/Ed-Fi development

15 Things To Do…  RUGs – continue involvement & consider restructure  Provide SIS vendors direct access to: –Course Master in EIS –Lists of valid state defined codes  Create enhanced enrollment process –Automated call to EIS for student state IDs  Implement Single Sign On

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