Frequently Asked Questions

For help with accessing and navigating a report or dashboard, users may contact the ITD Help Desk. For questions about the content of a dashboard, contact the owner (which can be found in the back of the dashboard user manual). 

Download this job aid on how to request help with the application. 

If you cannot sign into Focus using your SSO username and password, please request access using EZ Access. 

Log into https://ezaccess.lausd.net and click LAUSD Employees. Then, click Focus Reporting & Dashboards to request access using the Focus Reporting & Dashboards application. 

Note: Your site administrator must provide approval using the Access Approval section. 

Follow-up requests regarding applications that have been submitted can be emailed to focus@lausd.net. 

Unfortunately, you must re-apply for access via EZ Access. This is due to the fact that with a new role, you have a new supervisor and we must obtain approval from that individual for you to receive access to more data. 

Please see the above question, How do I get access to Focus, for instructions on how to submit an application via EZ Access. 

Implementing the new ad hoc reporting tool will improve the experience of generating reports using data found in MiSiS. Some of the major benefits include:

  • Flexibility – Provides more flexibility in ad hoc reporting at LAUSD, now allowing users to create reports at the local district and LAUSD levels if they have access to that data.
  • Self-Service Approach – Eliminates the need to request new reports to be created by IT – users can create and personalize their own reports.
  • Dashboards – Provides dashboards for various types of users (administrators, central office staff, school officials, etc.) consisting of the information those users need to have to succeed.
  • Historical Data – After integrating with MyData, will provide the ability to produce reports on historical student data, so users can look at information on a student’s previous enrollment and course history.
  • Up-to-Date Data – Data will be updated nightly; some data, such as select attendance and scheduling data, will be available in real-time.

 

Starting December 4, 2017, Focus is available via this URL: https://Focus.LAUSD.net

Focus includes job aids and videos that define the components of Focus and provide instruction on how to use the application’s features. To view job aids or videos within the application, go to the Job Aids and Videos section on the Welcome Page or any Subject Page (Note: job aids and videos on the Subject Pages pertain to the displayed Subject only).

The Basic Ad Hoc Reporting Class, an instructor-led training class, is available for registration in MyPLN. This class provides instruction on how to create and manage reports using Focus Reporting and Dashboards, including how to perform basic calculations and create a basic pivot table.

  • What's New

    Focus Reporting & Dashboards is updated with software fixes and/or enhancements every two weeks on Friday nights. Browse the notes below to learn about all updates released since November 2016, or view the notes on the application's Welcome Page in What's New

  • May 24, 2019

    Posted by Focus Reporting and Dashboards on 6/6/2019

    Report Updates

    Saturday Makeup School Monitoring - This report was created to help schools monitor or track eligible absences that have been recovered through the Saturday Makeup School (SMS) program. The report captures the absence days with V codes and the corresponding reason codes, and provide other relevant information like SMS recovery dates that can be reported for ADA. To access the report, go to Summary, Monitoring Reports, then select Saturday Makeup School.

    Mail Merge Incoming Students - The mailing addresses, which used to be concatenated into a single Student Address cell, have now been broken down into separate columns by Student Full Street, Student City, Student State, and Student Zip Code for easier mail merge purposes.  To access the report, go to Summary, Mail Merge, then select MM Incoming Students.

    Dashboard Updates

    Renaming of MMED Dashboards - Dashboard headings for the Elementary and Secondary MMED dashboards have been renamed as follows: Elementary EL Profiles to MMED  Elementary, and Secondary EL Profiles to MMED Secondary.  Additionally, the order of the tiles is now uniform in all three dashboards, starting with Dual Language/Bilingual Education, RFEP  Enrollment, English Learner ETK 12, Newcomer, P-LTEL, LTEL, RFEP to Date – As of Census Day, and RFEP Monitoring.

    Bug Fixes

    MMED and MMED Secondary dashboards - RFEP Monitoring Tile – The RFEP Monitoring Tile’s Graduation Progress Table was erroneously showing “no data”.  This issue has been fixed and the report now loads correctly.   To access the report, go to Instruction, MMED, then select MMED Secondary dashboards.  Click the RFEP Monitoring tile and in the Profile Summary report component, click the dropdown to select Graduation Progress Table.

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    MMED Dashboard - Newcomer Tile – The Student Detailed Report now matches the number of records as displayed in the section summary.  To access the report, go to Instruction, MMED, then select MMED dashboard.  Click the Newcomer Performance Tile and select Table View tab of the Current Year vs Last Year Analysis report component.

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    MMED Secondary Dashboard – The Current Year vs Last Year Analysis and View by Years reports’ drill-to-detail menus, “Secondary with Course Info” and “Secondary without Course Info,” have been replaced with “School Detailed Report” and “Student Detailed Report.”  This change applies to all performance tiles. The Profile Summary report component will retain the current drill-to-detail menus. To access the reports, go to Instruction, MMED, then select MMED  Secondary.

    MMED Dashboards – RFEP Monitoring Tile  - View by Years drill down report in all MMED dashboards now displays the number of records correctly when drilling on the respective RFEP Years column.  To access the report, go to Instruction, MMED, select any dashboard i.e. MMED, MMED Elementary or MMED Secondary. Click the RFEP Monitoring tile and click the View By Years table view tab for the drill down reports.

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    MMED Dashboards - RFEP Monitoring and RFEP Enrollment Tiles  -  EL Profile Summary Drill Down Report -   The drill down report under EL Profile Summary has been removed from all RFEP Monitoring and RFEP Enrollment Tiles in MMED, MMED Elementary, and MMED Secondary dashboards. To access the report, go to Instruction, MMED, then select any dashboard, i.e., MMED, MMED Elementary or MMED Secondary. Click the RFEP Enrollment or RFEP Monitoring tile and scroll to select Profile Summary Table in the Profile Summary report component.

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  • April 26, 2019

    Posted by Focus Reporting and Dashboards on 4/29/2019

    Dashboard Updates

    New Columns: Incoming Students for MS and HS reports-  MPP Program Start Date, MPP Program End Date and MPP Program Code columns have been added to this report. To access this report, go to Summary > Monitoring Reports > and then click on Incoming Students.

     

    Report Updates

    MM Saturday Makeup School Eligibility List – A period filter was added to the report, so users can select which period/teacher to send letters to. Homeroom column in the report was removed and replaced with Period Name/Teacher column.

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    Ad Hoc Reporting Subject Area Updates

    All Subject Areas - American Indian Information folder has been added to all Subject Areas that contain Student Folder.

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  • About Focus Reporting & Dashboards 

    Available now, Focus Reporting & Dashboards (Focus) is a web-based reporting application that strengthens LAUSD’s reporting capability by integrating major systems used in the District. Focus consists of subject-specific dashboards, canned reports, and an ad hoc reporting capability. In addition to MiSiS, Focus consists of data from other systems used by LAUSD employees, like Welligent, Cafeteria Management System (CMS), and Adult Ed. During the 2018-2019 school year, new data and dashboards will be released periodically. 

    See the most common Frequently Asked Questions below, or go to the FAQs page for more information.