I'd be up for it.

On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 10:18 AM, Melissa Hayden-Raley at MTSD <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Would there be interest in holding a PowerSchool users group meeting?  I feel like between PTP and standards based grading requirements, it's a great opportunity for us to collaborate on the front end of the implementation.

On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 8:26 AM, Robert Wickberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I decided changing gradebooks was too much change for one year for teachers to absorb on top of learning to track standards, and there are still critical features missing from PTP, like the ability to import scores from a CSV (some teachers grade in Classroom and move the grades to Powerschool once they're done), so we're holding off on that at least until the next release that, at PSU, they promised us in December (Oh, wait, it's December, isn't it?  I wonder how it's coming?)

On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 9:51 PM, Michael Norkun <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Everything here is mirrored on slack. 
Everything else that happens in slack, stays in slack. 
Join up, follow the conversations, it's a great tool. 

and,

Thanks for the input. We are using PTP for traditional and proficiency based grading simultaneously. It's definitely a challenge. We are running into some philosophical and paradigm paradoxes...it's a very different year for grading. While PTP looks nice, and PowerTeacher itself is  a great SMS, the grade book is a new challenge with standards based grade reporting and traditional grades (I'd say we are earning a solid 2 right now in our efforts of record keeping and a 3 in implementation) The proverbial hamster wheel is turning pretty fast.  

Robert, let's chat off the list to figure out some time to share what's working and what's not, 

I have a strange suspicion that the proficiency shift is an elaborate collaboration experiment designed by the AOE to bring us out of the matrix....do I take the red pill or the blue pill? 

Thanks for all the input.  



On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 4:43 PM Travis Vigneau <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I thought everything on Slack was going to be mirrored on this list?  I haven't started looking at Slack, since I thought this was the case.

I think it's only the other way around. Not 100% on that though.

On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 4:25 PM, Robert Wickberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I thought everything on Slack was going to be mirrored on this list?  I haven't started looking at Slack, since I thought this was the case.

We use Powerschool too,  It's still a work in progress, but so far, everything the administration has asked the system to be able to do, it does, with some customization. The academic departments developed their own performance indicators and then cross referenced these to the state's transferable skills.  We implement  the indicators as standards, and added a custom table to PS with the cross references.  We haven't abandoned traditional grades, this is all layered along side it so far.  Using SQLreports4 and Microsoft Access so far (I hoped to use APEX, but I'm running into bugs), I can tell what transferable skills kids have demonstrated mastery of when teachers enter assessments of the performance indicators.  To whom and in what level of detail this will get reported out is still TBD, but at least I have some sort of strategy for moving forward, I hope, and a couple of queries admins and counselors can look at.

I'm curious what approach others who are using Powerschool are taking on this.

Since you're just up the road, Michael, if you want to get together and compare notes, I'm game.  (I'm actually an alum of dear old BFUHS, as it happens...)

On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 2:56 PM, Marcia Noyes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

We use Infinite Campus; it took some work to get the grade schools set up, but works great. At this time we are ready to launch all graded schools and up to grade 6 at the Middle School, after a successful pilot. The rest will start to be set up next year. We can set a pass/fail on each of the standards marks and that is how we will accomplish figuring weather the student has met the requirements or not. Infinite Campus has put out patches with standards based report cards in mind. Very satisfied.

 

Have a good Day

 

Marcia J. Noyes

SVSU Senior Systems Administrator

Central Business Office

802-753-5818

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From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michael Norkun
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 1:26 PM
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Subject: Alternatives to PowerSchool for Standards Based Grading

 

I posted this in the slack channel, but i'll share it here as well in hopes to get more views and to help redirect the conversation to slack

 

 

Quick question; What are other schools using as a gradebook tool that works well with the proficiency based graduation requirements?  We are 6 feet under with implementation and data reporting on this new beast with PowerSchool. It does not do what we need. So, what alternative programs are out there that work better than power school. Any and all suggestions will be helpful?  Ready...set...go

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