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

  • July 16, 2021

    Posted by Focus Reporting and Dashboards on 7/16/2021

    Release Notes

    New Dashboards

    Extended School Year (ESY) Progress Marks Summary Dashboard allows ESY teachers, administrators, and Central Office staff to view and monitor marks entered in MiSiS for ESY elementary school students. 

    The School Year filter defaults to the current school year; the data available starts with the 2020-2021 school year.  The summary section displays data by schools, the numbers are filters which drill down to a student level detailed report.  The bar graph and table represent data at the Local District’s level, each colored segment and percentage drill down to a detailed report.  The English Language Arts (ELA) and/or Math Achievement Progress Marks can be displayed by numbers and/or by percentages in Graph and/or Table Views.  To access the report, click on Summary > Summer School Reports > ESY Progress Marks Summary.  

    Dashboard Updates

    Instructional Program by Date Report has been added to the Instructional Program Dashboard.  The report generates a list of students opting for online instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.  Schools will use the report to contact their students; Central Office and Local District staff will use it to contact parents about their options. The 'As of Date' prompt makes the report dynamically responsive by displaying the instructional program as of the date selected.  Access the report by clicking on Summary > Monitoring Reports > Instructional Program.

    Attendance Bands and Attendance Submittal Dashboards have been enhanced with the addition of two columns to their respective School level and Student level drill down reports. The columns added to the detailed reports are the Community of Schools (CoS) and Community of Schools Administrator (CoSA).  To access the reports, click on Operations > Attendance > Attendance Bands or Attendance Submittal.

    Subject Areas

    Student Support Subject Area has been enhanced with six new columns under the Referral Detail subfolder of the Student – Support folder:

    • Referred By Staff Name (LNF)
    • Referred By Employee ID
    • Referred By Staff ID
    • Referred To Staff Name (LNF)
    • Referred To Employee ID
    • Referred to Staff ID

    Access the Student Support Subject Area by clicking on the Create Report icon > Analysis link > Student Support.

    Bug Fixes

    Attendance Submittal Report has been corrected, the Community of Schools (CoS) filter is now displaying only the schools of the selected CoS in the School Detail reports.  Access the report by clicking on Operations > Attendance > Attendance Submittal.

    Extended Program Summary Report is now working as expected; it is displaying the Parent Contact data.   To access the report, click on Summary > Monitoring Reports > Extended Programs Summary. 

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  • June 25, 2021

    Posted by Focus Reporting and Dashboards on 6/25/2021

    Release Notes

    Report Updates

    Student Email Roster Report parameters have been enhanced with two new filters: Grade Level and Enrolled Flag; however, each report has been enhanced separately. The Elementary report has been enhanced with a Grade Level column and an Enroll Flag column.  The Secondary report has been updated with an additional Enrolled Flag column. The Early Ed Students report and SPED Early Ed Student report have been updated with an Enrolled Flag column only.  Access the report by clicking on Summary > Monitoring Reports > Student Email Roster.

    Community of Schools Summer Program – Potential Students Report - a School Year filter has been added to the report; the filter allows users to retrieve data for current and past school year terms.   To access the report, click on Summary > Summer School Reports > Community of Schools Summer Program – Potential Students.

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    New Whole Child Integrated Data Platform Available Now!

    Whole Child Integrated Data is available now for teachers, counselors, out-of-classroom support staff, and principals.

    To log in, go to https://wholechild.lausd.net/.  This new platform provides educators with a complete picture of the whole child by integrating data from various sources of student information.

    Support resources and training information are available on the website, https://achieve.lausd.net/wholechild

    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.