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

  • September 6, 2019

    Posted by Focus Reporting & Dashboards on 9/9/2019

    Report Updates

    Class Size Contractual Maximums – Class Size Metrics by Grade Level section is now displaying for all users. To access the report, go to Summary > Monitoring Reports > Class Size Contractual Maximums Report.

    Ad Hoc Reporting Subject Area Updates

    Course Enrollment Subject Area – A Secondary Marks folder has been added to the Course Enrollment Subject Area.

    Bug Fixes

    MTAM District View and MTAM Campus View - Print option has been added to the MTAM District View and MTAM Campus View detail reports.

    Norm Enrollment and Staffing Dashboards – Export icon missing in Norm Enrollment reports has been added. To access the reports, go to Operations > Norm Enrollment and Staffing.

    Job Aids Updates

    Norm Enrollment and Staffing Dashboards – FY 2019-20 Board Approved Staffing Ratios for Elementary Schools, FY 2019-20 Board Approved Staffing Ratios for Middle Schools, FY 2019-20 Board Approved Staffing Ratios for Senior High Schools, FY 2019-20 Board Approved Staffing Ratios for Magnet Centers, and FY 2019-20 Board Approved Staffing Ratios for Options Schools have been added under Norm Enrollment and Staffing Job Aids and Videos section. To access the job aids, go to Operations > Norm Enrollment and Staffing > Job Aid & Videos Section

    MTAM – More Than a Meal Job Aids have been updated to include Early Ed Students (EEC and CSPP) Local District Users Job Aid, CEP Schools Job Aid and Pricing Schools Job Aid. To access the job aids, go to Operations> More Than a Meal> Job Aids and Videos section

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  • August 20, 2019

    Posted by Focus Reporting & Dashboards on 8/20/2019

    New Reports

    New Class Size Contractual Maximums Report – The new report provides school, local district, and central office administrators with information that will allow users to more effectively monitor class sizes and meet class size rules. To access the report, go to Summary > Monitoring Reports > Class Size Contractual Maximums Report.

    New ELPAC Eligibility and Audit Report – The new ELPAC Eligibility Report displays students who are eligible for testing, and the Audit Report displays students at the school who have been tested for ELPAC. To access the report, go to Summary > Monitoring Reports > ELPAC Eligibility and Audit.

    Report Updates

    CAASPP Report Columns – The columns from the CAASPP Tests Report have been re-arranged. School Code now appears before School Name, Total Students Started column now appears after Total Students, and As of Date column was added at the end of the report. To access the report, go to Summary > Monitoring Reports > select CAASPP Tests.

    Updated Norm Enrollment & Staffing Dashboards for School Year 2019-2020 – State Preschool Program (CSPP) enrollment has been added to All Preliminary Norm Dashboards. (Norm Enrollment and Norm Staffing) To access the report, go to Operations > Norm Enrollment and Staffing > Preliminary Norm Dashboards

    Ad Hoc Reporting

    Subject Area Updates CAASPP Re-named Columns - The following columns under Student Data Folder in the CAASPP Subject Area have been re-named: CAASPP Tests > Student Data > Total Students CAASPP Tests > Student Data > Total Students Started CAASPP Tests > Student Data > Total Students Completed

    Job Aids Updates

    Norm Enrollment and Staffing - Job Aids for Final Norm Enrollment and Staffing, K-3 Class Size Average and Enrollment, and Preliminary Norm Enrollment and Staffing have been updated. To access the job aids, go to Operations > Norm Enrollment and Staffing > Job Aid & Videos Section

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  • Focus (MiSiS Ad hoc users ) URL Bookmarked or Saved to Favorites (403 Forbidden Error)

    Users who have previously bookmarked the Focus (MiSiS Ad hoc) URL might experience a 403 Forbidden Error.  Please delete your current bookmark for Focus, delete your history, close the browser then type focus.lausd.net.  Then bookmark the new URL if needed or save it to favorites.  We encourage users to always go to https://achieve.lausd.net/focus site first and then login from here.   

    If you have any issues please open a ticket for Focus (MiSiS Ad hoc Helpdesk) at https://lausd-myit.onbmc.com/ux/myitapp/#/catalog/home

    We apologize for this inconvenience.

     

    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.