The District settled in a class action lawsuit that was brought on behalf of a tenth grade student who had been programmed incorrectly because the school was missing critical records. Part of the settlement was a federal mandate—known as the Chanda Smith Decree—with which the District agreed to comply.
2003 - 2009
In 2003, The Chanda Smith Decree became the Modified Consent Decree, indicating the Board of Education’s commitment to comply with all applicable laws governing tracking and providing educational services to students.
Among the outcomes in the Modified Consent Decree was a commitment to build a fully integrated student information system that tracked all data connected to every student across grade levels and locations. The new system—called the Integrated Student Information System (ISIS)—was designed to replace 26 non-integrated legacy systems.
Shortly thereafter, the District contracted with a firm to adopt a product called SchoolMAX for LAUSD’s needs. The tool was designed to include all modules for student data management, including attendance, enrollment, grades, counseling, discipline, and a great deal more.
The first phase of ISIS was rolled out in 2010, allowing over 30,000 teachers to take attendance and input grades electronically. A second phase was planned to include all remaining program modules; however, the District experienced many challenges with software development and SchoolMAX’s performance. In response, the District conducted analyses of potential alternatives to meet its goals in a more timely and cost-effective manner.
Based on careful analysis, the District began moving in a different direction in 2012. The District mapped out a two-year project to redevelop and release the data system on code that had been developed in a partnership between Microsoft and the Fresno Unified School District. The District rebranded ISIS as MiSiS (“My Integrated Student Information System”). The new platform allows for greater flexibility, user-friendliness, and cost effectiveness; the District owns the code, pays no licensing fees, and is able to modify the system on an ongoing basis.
In 2013, the first modules of MiSiS were made available to schools, including the new grade book, allowing teachers to create and manage classroom assignments and track student progress, new scheduling modules and reporting tools, and others.
All remaining modules of MiSiS were scheduled for release to schools during summer school sessions in summer 2014 with the complete rollout of MiSiS scheduled for the start of the 2014-15 school year.