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

  • March 15, 2019

    Posted by Focus Reporting & Dashboards on 3/18/2019

    Report Updates
    New Mail Merge Report: Saturday Makeup School Eligibility List – In the Mail Merge Reporting Module, this report is now available to identify students who are eligible to participate in the Saturday Makeup School program. The report provides the total count of eligible students at your school, the date eligible for making up, and a space in which the user may add the date on which the student can make up the class. To access the report, go to Summary and then Mail Merge. On the Subject Page, click Saturday Attendance Recovery Eligibility List.

    To use the report, click the filters icon in the dashboard toolbar to select a Campus or School. Additional available filters include Number of Session(s), Specific Session Number, Absent Day Count, and Recovery Date. It is important to note that the Number of Session(s) and Specific Session Number filters are mutually exclusive and cannot be used with the Absent Day Count filter. Download the report by clicking the Export icon in the component toolbar (below the dashboard toolbar). To use the report in a mail merge label or letter, refer to the job aids on the Mail Merge Subject Page.

    New Monitoring Report: Adjusted Attendance Summary Report – This report is now available to view adjusted attendance data for students enrolled in the 2018-19 school year. The report provides attendance data by student name, excluding the six days of work stoppage in January 2019. To use the report, click the filters icon in the dashboard toolbar to use the Campus or School filter and then click Apply. To access the report, go to Monitoring Reports and then click Adjusted Attendance Summary Report. The report provides two views: Adjusted Attendance and Adjusted Attendance with Parent Contact, which can be used to reach out to the primary parent contact for a student. Refer to the job aid in the dashboard toolbar for more information.

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    Ad Hoc Reporting Subject Area Updates
    GATE Referrals Subject Area: New Columns – New columns are available in the GATE Referrals Subject Area to identify the school at which a GATE referral was submitted for a student. In addition to Referring Location School Name/Code, the campus, local district, and board district associated with the referring school is also available. To access the columns in the subject area, drill to the GATE Referrals folder and then the Referring Location folder.

    Job Aids & Videos Updates
    Updates to Cheat Sheet – The Cheat Sheet has been updated to include additional information for each ad hoc reporting subject area. It provides whether the subject area displays current students’ data only or current and previous students’ data. The Cheat Sheet is also now available in the Job Aids & Videos section in the Create Report pop-up box in addition to the Job Aids & Videos section on the Welcome Page.

    Bug Fixes
    Demographics Dashboard: PSEL Enrollment Tile Corrected – On the Demographics Dashboard, the student detail drill-down report displayed after clicking the PSEL Enrollment performance tile now displays the correct daily and period attendance rates for each student. Previously, an error caused the rates to be displayed as incorrect percentages. To access the report, go to Summary and click on Demographics. Then click the PSEL Enrollment tile and select PSEL by Student.

    MiSiS Manage Groups – Learning Communities Now Display Correct Group Name – Previously, Learning Communities were not displaying the correct name when added to a report. Now, the correct Learning Community name is displayed in all subject areas.

    Errors Corrected in Marks – Secondary Subject Area – An error message was produced when using any of the following four fields in the Marks – Secondary Subject Area: EL Years, ELD Level, LEP Profile Code, and LTEL Classification Code. The errors have been corrected and the message is no longer produced when using these columns.

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  • March 1, 2019

    Posted by Focus Reporting & Dashboards on 3/4/2019

    Whole Child Integrated Data Pilot – Please share this information with teachers you work with regularly. 

    The Integrated Data and Analytics project will integrate student data from all systems used across the District, such as MiSiS, Welligent, Schoology, etc. New reports and data will be available to help teachers like you support the Whole Child and Whole Classroom.  Before releasing to all teachers, LA Unified will conduct a pilot program to gather input from teachers across the District.  Go to bit.ly/integrated-data-pilot to sign up and participate in the Phase 1 Teacher Pilot: March 25, 2019 – April 12, 2019. Click on the flyer for additional details.

    Report Updates

    Updates to English Learner Service Report in Monitoring Reports – The English Learner Service Report in Monitoring Reports has been updated to include a view that shows the number of sections with English Learner (EL) students enrolled but no EL services are provided. To see this information on the report, click the gray button labeled “No EL Service Sections.” To access the report, go to Summary and then Monitoring Reports. On the Subject Page, scroll down and click English Learner Services.

    Job Aids & Videos Updates

    New Focus Cheat Sheet – Refer to the new Focus Cheat Sheet for quick tips and information regarding dashboards and ad hoc reporting. Information includes filters, dashboard customization, available dashboards and ad hoc reporting subject areas, and more. To download the cheat sheet, go to the Job Aids & Videos section on the Welcome Page or in the Create Report pop-up box.

    Focus Cheat Sheet 1    Cheat Sheet 2

    Bug Fixes

    California Science Test Summary Report Added for School Users – On the California Science Test in Monitoring Reports, school users were previously unable to view the summary report displaying the count or percentage of students. Now, the summary report displays the count and percentage of students at the user’s school who scored in each category on the field test. 

    Ad Hoc Reporting: RSP Student Flag in Programs Folder – The RSP flag was not previously displaying accurate results. In all ad hoc reporting subject areas, when the RSP flag in Program Participation Y/N folder is applied, the correct student population is now displayed. The RSP flag can be used to identify students who receive RSP services.

     

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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.