Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I request access to Schoology and the online gradebook?
Pilot school teachers, administrators and support staff that carry a MiSiS roster already have a Schoology account. Employees that are new to a pilot school and will carry a MiSiS roster must request access to MiSiS via EZ Access. Once the scheduling administrator assigns a MiSiS class schedule to the employee the employee will automatically be provisioned with an account in Schoology the following day.
Q: Why is LAUSD piloting an online gradebook?The implementation of an online gradebook meets a mandated requirement of the Modified Consent Decree to provide an online mark entry/mark reporting process, and an electronic grade book. A pilot is being conducted so that users can help determine if this the product selected will meet the needs of employees and students.
Q: How long will the pilot last?The first phase of the pilot began during the Spring 2016 semester and will focused on the Online Gradebook portion of the Schoology Learning Management System (LMS). Phase 2 and 3 and Opt-in schools begin during the Fall 2016 semester with full LMS functionality. Full support for the LMS will be implemented for the 2017-2018 school year.
Q: How was Schoology selected?Several groups including teachers, unions, and focus groups met to discuss the requirements most needed in an online gradebook. Schoology was then selected through an established district process which uses objective criteria.
Q: What are the benefits of pilot participation?Your school’s participation in this pilot will provide teachers with an opportunity to get hands-on experience with the online gradebook before it is rolled out to everyone. Participants will use the tool to evaluate if it meets their needs to track student performance and provide feedback on the experience. Your participation will help to shape the district-wide implementation of a full LMS with feedback collected throughout the pilot phases.
Q: Where can I find up-to-date information about the pilot?General information regarding the Online Gradebook pilot will be available at https://achieve.lausd.net/ogp. Principals and teachers in participating schools will receive email communications pertaining to the pilot.
Q: Will I continue to use MiSiS?MiSiS will continue to be used for all other activities related to student information as it is now.
Q: Are all teachers at a pilot site participating?Teacher participation in the initial phase of the Online Gradebook Pilot is voluntary. To ensure the pilot’s efficacy, principals are asked to commit the participation of a majority of their teachers, with a target goal of 75% or more.
Q: Will I enter all grades in the new Online Gradebook?Elementary and secondary teachers will be able to enter assignments and grades into the new Online Gradebook. Elementary teachers will not enter grades at the end of the marking period in the gradebook. The elementary grade entry screen grade pass-back is targeted for 2017-2018.Secondary teachers WILL enter the 5, 10, 15, and 20 week marks into the new gradebook, which will automatically sync (pass-back the marks data) into MiSiS. This feature is not available for short term substitute teachers.
Q: Why do I need to log in to both MiSiS and Schoology?The log-on screen for the new Online Gradebook in Schoology has not yet been integrated into the MiSiS teacher screen. In the future, only one log in will be required.
Q. What are some of the gradebook features I will be able to use?
- Student assignments can be copied to multiple periods
- Create tests/quizzes that can be administered online, then automatically graded and recorded in the system
- Classes and students are already set-up and updated nightly for the teacher
- Mobile app for devices is included
Q: What will happen if I already have a Schoology account? Will I be able to continue using all of the features of the LMS?Teachers currently using Schoology Basic who participate in the pilot will have their accounts merged with their LAUSD enterprise accounts. Teachers will not lose any content that was created in these accounts, however due to the goals of this initial pilot they may notice slight changes in LMS functionality.
Q: Will students participate in the pilot?Yes. Students enrolled in pilot schools will have Schoology accounts. Teachers have the option to use Schoology with their students. NOTE: If one teacher decides to include students, they will have visibility to all of their associated courses.