About the Transition

During the transition, users who have logged into MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards can access the application by clicking Focus in the dashboard menu.

Go to Focus

In Focus, to navigate back to MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards, click the Classic View button on the Welcome Page or in the navigational menu on a Subject Page or dashboard.

Go to Classic View  

You will always have access to the data, including reports and dashboards, that is currently stored in MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards; all of that data will also be stored in Focus. At some point toward the end of the transition, users who attempt to log into MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards will automatically navigate to Focus. Currently, there is no set end date for the transition. Check back later for updates.

You will never lose access to the analyses created in MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards. However, once the transition to Focus is complete, the navigational path to access your reports will be different. Currently, there is no set end date for the transition. Check back later for updates.

While both Focus and MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards are reporting applications, the data included in each application is different. MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards provides student data from MiSiS, whereas Focus will provide data from MiSiS as well as other applications used in LAUSD, like Welligent, Cafeteria Fiscal Management, etc.

In addition, Focus consists of an updated look and feel, meaning all existing dashboards in MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards will be organized differently to improve the user experience. It also consists of new functionality in the available dashboards and reports; for example, being able to maximize a graph to full screen. 

MiSiS Explorer has limited functionality in comparison to Focus and MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards. MiSiS Explorer can only perform data extracts at the school level. With both Focus and MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards, users are able to perform data extracts and create reports at any level (as long as they have access), including the school level, local district, and LAUSD. In addition, MiSiS Explorer does not have the capability to create visualizations, which the new ad hoc reporting tool provides.

One goal of implementing Focus is to eventually decommission MiSiS Explorer. 2017-2018 MiSiS Explorer users are encouraged to register for the Basic MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting Class. Click here for more information.

 

Each dashboard is owned by a LAUSD Division. The Division who owns a dashboard is available to answer questions about the content of the dashboard, such as:

  • How do I use this data effectively?
  • This data does not look correct; is it accurate?
  • What is the definition of a specific term?
  • Which students are included in the population for this dashboard?

Refer to the end of the dashboard job aid for a list of available contacts in the related Division.

 The MiSiS Help Desk is available to answer technical questions, such as:

  • How do I log in?
  • It looks like the dashboards are not displaying data from all my schools; how do I see all schools for which I am responsible?
  • I tried opening this dashboard, and it says access denied; can I access this dashboard?
  • I am receiving an error message when I try to create an analysis/report; how do I fix the error?

About Focus - General

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 to various types of users (administrators, central office staff, school officials, etc.) consisting of the information those users need to have to succeed.
  • Historical Data – Provides 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.

Currently, data are provided from the following applications in Focus:

  • MiSiS
  • Welligent
  • Cafeteria Fiscal Management
  • And more

 

Note: This list will be updated as new systems are added during the 2017-2018 school year. Check back later for more updates.

 

Currently, central office, local district, and school administrators are granted access. Teachers do not currently have access. Depending on your job classification, you may have received automatic access. If you did not receive automatic access, apply in the MyData / MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards section of EZ Access (https://ezaccess.lausd.net).

Access is tentatively scheduled to be granted to teachers sometime during the 2018-2019 school year. Currently, business units are in the beginning stages of developing a teacher dashboard; once this is ready, teachers will receive access.

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 the Learning Zone. This class provides instruction on how to create and manage reports using Focus or MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards, including how to perform basic calculations and create a basic pivot table.

Later in the 2017-2018 school year, the Advanced Ad Hoc Reporting Class will be available to provide instruction on more advanced reporting techniques. Check back later for more information.

Each dashboard is owned by a LAUSD Division. The Division who owns the dashboard is available to answer questions about the content of the dashboard, such as:

  • This data does not look correct; is it accurate?
  • What is the definition of a specific term?
  • Which students are included in the population for this dashboard?

Refer to the end of the dashboard job aid for a list of available contacts in the related Division.

The MiSiS Help Desk is available to answer technical questions, such as:

  • How do I log in?
  • It looks like the dashboards are not displaying data from all my schools; how do I see all schools for which I am responsible?
  • I tried opening this dashboard, and it says access denied; can I access this dashboard?
  • I am receiving an error message when I try to create an analysis/report; how do I fix the error?

 

Focus is a quick way to access detailed District-wide data in consistent and flexible ways. While there are canned dashboards and reports, users also have the ability to create and run their own reports. A small sample of the types of queries you can run include:

  • What are the norm enrollment counts for my school or Local District?
  • What is the percentage of students in my school or Local District who are on track for graduation?
  • How many meal applications or household income forms are missing or incomplete?
  • Which students do not have a schedule?
  • Who are my incoming students?
  • Who is taking a LEP class that has been identified as an RFEP student?
  • Which students will be matriculating to my school from other schools next year?
  • How many GATE students were below expectation on the Smarter Balanced test?
  • Which students had lower marks in the current grading period than last?

These dashboards are currently available in Focus:

  • Norm Enrollment and Staffing Dashboards

 

These dashboards, and more, will be available in the future:

  • Demographics (Formerly Launch Pad; high-level summary of all dashboards)
  • English Learner (MMED)
  • More Than a Meal
  • Student Graduation Progress
  • Norm Enrollment and Staffing
  • Attendance
  • Welligent
  • Cafeteria Fiscal Management 

For information how to access dashboards in Focus, see the question below, “How do I access a dashboard in Focus?”

 

When new dashboards are available, we will let you know in a few different ways.

  • The Focus Newsletter – This newsletter provides updates on key new features, as well as spotlights on dashboards and reports that will help with important upcoming events, and new training material. Newsletters will be sent to your LAUSD email, as well as available in the What’s New section on the Welcome Page.
  • Release Notes – These will be posted every release in the What’s New section on the Focus Welcome Page.
  • Inter-Office Communications – As new dashboards are released over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, you will be hearing from various LAUSD Offices and Divisions through memos and other inter-office communications to let you know the dashboards are available and how they can be used to achieve success in LAUSD.

About Focus - Technical

The Analytic Areas are the categories of dashboards stored in Focus, which are stored on the Welcome Page:

  1. Executive
  2. Instruction
  3. Operations
  4. Special Education
  5. Summary

Each Analytic Area consists of multiple Subjects, and each Subject consists of multiple dashboards.

A Subject is a subcategory within an Analytic Area. Each Subject has its own Subject Page, which displays a menu of the dashboards within the Subject. To access a dashboard, users must navigate to a Subject Page from the Welcome Page.

 

To access a dashboard in Focus, start on the Welcome Page. Open one of the five Analytic Areas to see its Subjects. Click a Subject to navigate to a Subject Page, listing all dashboards related to the Subject.

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If you receive this message after entering your login credentials, there are three possible methods for logging into the application:

  1. Clear the browser cache.
  2. Change the URL in the browser address bar to https://focus.lausd.net/analytics.
  3. Attempt to log in using a private or incognito window in the browser.

For directions on how to perform any of these three methods, please see the job aid on Troubleshooting “403 – Forbidden” Error Message.

If you receive this error message after trying all three methods, you do not have access to the application. Apply for access through EZ Access (https://ezaccess.lausd.net) on the MyData / MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards application page.

To access Focus, it is recommended to use the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. However, all features function correctly in the latest versions of Safari and Internet Explorer. 

Currently, if you use other LAUSD applications, such as MiSiS, while logged into Focus, you will need to log into those applications separately.

About MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards

Job aids and videos on how to perform specific tasks, such as how to create an analysis, are available on the MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting job aids webpage.

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

In the future, the Advanced Ad Hoc Reporting Class will be available to provide instruction on more advanced reporting techniques. Check back later for more information.

 

If you receive this message after entering your login credentials, there are three possible methods for logging into the application:

  1. Clear the browser cache.
  2. Change the URL in the browser address bar to https://misisadhoc.lausd.net/analytics
  3. Attempt to log in using a private or incognito window in the browser.

For directions on how to perform any of these three methods, please see the job aid on Troubleshooting “403 – Forbidden” Error Message.

If you receive the 403 Forbidden Error message after trying all three methods, you do not have access to the application. Apply for access through EZ Access (https://ezaccess.lausd.net) on the MyData or MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards application page.

To access Focus, it is recommended to use the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. However, all features function correctly in the latest versions of Safari and Internet Explorer. 

A Publisher is one of the types of users in MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards. Publishers can create robust and complicated reports for their school, central office, or local district. Once a Publisher creates a report, he/she can share the report with everyone in LAUSD via the shared Catalog. Only Publishers have the ability to save to the shared Catalog. Publishers are approved by an administrator, such as a principal at a school-site. Click here for more information.

To become a Publisher, you must submit a request for access on EZ Access and complete the required training.   

Once you are granted Publisher access, you must complete two training classes: the Basic MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting Class and the Publisher Class (this class must be completed within 30 days of availability). Click here for more details and directions on how to register.

These dashboards are currently available:

  • Launch Pad (High-level summary of all dashboards)
  • English Learner (MMED)
  • More Than a Meal
  • Student Graduation Progress
  • Norm Enrollment and Staffing

A subject area is a set of related data elements found in MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards. Subject areas are organized into folders and sub-folders. When creating a new report in MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting, the user selects data elements from a subject area to determine the columns of the report. A Subject Area is different than a Subject, which is a sub-category of dashboard in Focus (see above).

Currently, if you use other LAUSD applications, such as MiSiS, while logged into MiSiS Ad Hoc Reporting and Dashboards, you will need to log into those applications separately.