For Immediate Release, July 12th, 2019
Focus School Software upgrades MMS PIMS compliancy for Pennsylvania State Reporting, now PA’s premier, PIMS Compliant SIS.
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The MMS Student Information Platform offers a complete Pennsylvania State Reporting solution to fulfill PA Department of Education requirements. This includes the PA PIMS system, PAsecureID, as well as the PA Early Warning System and ready-to-mail reports all formatted according to PA DOE specifications.
Learn more about MMS’s relationship with the Early Warning System and Intervention Catalog:
PA State Reporting
We make time for enhancements – not just compliancy
Comprehensive PA-compliant electronic reporting:
PIMS (30+ templates including special education, staff, PATI survey, student, course, PVASS, safe schools, programs, LEP, Title I & III, Interscholastic Athletics, child accounting, Graduates, and Dropouts Domains)
CTE (Career Technical Education) complete with Industry Credentials
SES (Student Eligibility System)/School Choice
State-wide initiatives supported:
Early Warning System & Intervention Catalog
Child Accounting State Attendance and Membership Reports:
School Districts & Career Technical Schools (PDE -4062, -4002, -4605 & Audit Report)
Charter Schools (PDE -4062CS, -4002CS, -4552CS, -361, Reconciliation, & School Invoicing Report)
Private Residential Rehab Institutions (PDE -4068)
Data validation reports & on-screen validation for accuracy:
Reports can be used to manage the quality of work of all participants before the templates are submitted
Exam/teacher/student responsibility percentages not to exceed 100%
PIMS-specific screens maintained with timely updates
State-defined valid pick lists
Color-coded field labels for on-screen guidance of required, conditionally-required, and optional data elements
Info-spots over conditionally-required data elements to aid key-entry
Field & record-level accommodations to handle special circumstances
No need to manipulate the output files outside of MMS with Excel:
Built-in transformation tools, e.g. ethnic tracking converts to more granular PIMS reporting
Important two-way bridges with strategic partners:
Special Education status & primary disability: MMS – IEPWriter.com
PaSecureID (& qualifying student records): IEPwriter.com – MMS
Student & Staff records: Cafeteria – MMS
Economically disadvantaged, eligibility, and participation: MMS – cafeteria direct certifications and free & reduced applications
Pennsylvania Early Warning System and Intervention Catalog
In 2013, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, inspired largely by the Frontline video “Middle School Moment,” began to explore the creation of an Early Warning System to recognize trends in students’ attendance, behavior, and course grades that might indicate higher risk of failure further along in their educational careers. While based on the Ed-Fi Alliances data standards and dashboards, the PDE extended the EWS functionality to include an Intervention Catalog so that administrators and teachers might have easier access to resources to address student needs both in and out of the classroom. This intervention catalog contains locally curated resources that might help districts address a wide range of challenges, from homelessness and the effects of severe poverty, to behavioral and discipline issues, to academic counseling and resources.
Computer Resources/MMS took a leading role in the testing and roll-out of this project, recruiting over 20 districts to participate in the first cohort, establishing data-quality standards, and developing real-time web services to ensure that “Early Warning” means “Early Warning.” We are very proud of the results, which are already being recognized by MMS districts across Pennsylvania.
MMS presents information about the importance of, and best practices for, supporting the PA EWS and Intervention Catalog to PA SIS vendors:
The MMS Student Information Platform
Save Time, Streamline Workflow, Keep Everyone Informed:
• Backed by three decades of expertise, the MMS Student Information Platform is the SIS of choice for hundreds of Pennsylvania schools.
• MMS is a full-featured system, complete with a Teacher Portal offering an integrated Teacher Grade Book, Standards and Skills-Based Grades, Classroom Attendance and Discipline, and easy access to student and parent data.
• The MMS Parent & Student Portals keep everyone involved and informed on a real-time basis, from home, or anywhere Internet access is available.
• Administrators and staff enjoy a powerful set of tools to handle everything from data collection and reporting, to flexible scheduling, grade reporting, discipline management, health records, and much more.
More MMS Advantages:
Fully scalable SQL system for single schools or entire districts
Centralized, single installation, single database
Hosted on your servers or in our data center
Utilizing the latest Virtual Machine Technology or our MMS OnLine (SaaS) plan—whichever fits your budget and needs
Options for Cafeteria/Free & Reduced Management, Emergency Notification, Visitor/Security Management