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31Mar2015

Benefits of Plotting Students With Attributes

  • By David Sisselman
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Have you ever had a situation where you needed to visualize “where” students who participate in special programs are located?   

For example:   
  • How many students in the Dual Immersion program live in the North area of your District? 
  • Where are your GATE students located? 
  • How many student with an IEP live in the Adams and Jefferson attendance areas? 

From creating mailing lists to determining the best location for special programs, many of our clients have found that plotting students with attributes has given them greater significance in a variety of administrative situations. The ability to answer the questions about “where” students are located has saved time and money.  

 

First, let’s review the terminology:

 

Plotting: This places a student or groups of students on a map. Students are placed on a map based on where they reside.   Students may be plotted by school, multiple schools, grade, ranges of grade or by district.  

   

Attributes: An attribute is a trait that can be associated with a student. This might be a program in which a student is enrolled or a service that the student receives.  Examples of DI attributes include: LEP, Students with an IEP, transportation status, dual immersion, special needs students, band, distance from school.

   

Adding attributes to your student data dramatically increases the practical problem-solving capability of the StudentView system. If you have a “where” question – plotting students with attributes is a feature you should be using to help you answer those questions.  

 

 

With our Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) capability, we can make the import process automatic.   

 

If you would like to add attributes for plotting purposes, receive additional training on how to use this functionality or would like to set up SFTP in your district, please contact our office at 877-204-1392 x 1006.  

 

NEW FUNCTIONALITY IN THE STUDENTVIEW SYSTEM 

 

We are excited to announce several new system enhancements

  • Search Google Maps: You can now search and display community institutions such as Hospitals and Libraries and display them on your District Map. We are continuing to add institutions as we roll this feature out.   This feature can be accessed here: Map Tools> Miscellaneous> Search Google Maps.

  • Plot Heat Maps:  Instead of Plotting Students as individual plots you can create a heat map. Heat Maps provide a unique and powerful way to communicate change and also show change via animation. To access this feature, go to: Map Tools> Plotting> either Single, Multiple or Selected Students>Plot Heatmap.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Two Enhancements for SFTP Clients: For our clients who have taken advantage of our Secure File Transfer Protocol option we have added new functionality. Not yet a SFTP district? Contact us and we can help you get started. There is no fee to set up SFTP.  
    1. SFTP now can accommodate an unlimited number of students attributes: Once this is set up there is nothing else is required. Student attributes will be updated with every upload.
    2. Walking distance to school: When your student data file automatically imports via SFTP,  the StudentView system will calculate how far, by actual walking distance, that the student is to the school he or she attends. The attribute will then be available for plotting purposes. To access this feature, go to the drop down menu labeled “attribute” when plotting students.

DI ON THE ROAD…

We had a great time meeting everyone at the 75th Annual NSBA Conference in Nashville last week. This weekend we are off to  CASBO in San Diego. If you or your colleagues will be in San Diego,  please stop by our booth and say hello. We will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding our enrollment or transit optimization solutions. 

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