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 29, 2019

    Posted by Focus Reporting & Dashboards on 3/29/2019

    Dashboard Updates

    New Column: CA Science Field Tests - "Percent Points Earned"   A new column has been added in the SBAC California Science Test By Enrollment Location, and California Science Test By Test Location Dashboard.  “Percent Points Earned" column has been added between Category column and Lang Class column for both dashboards.  To access the report, go to Summary and then Monitoring Reports.  On the All Grade levels tab, click on the California Science Test By Enrollment Location or the California Science Test By Test Location. The new column displays in the California Science Test Detail report.

    Updates to Attendance Not Submitted Dashboard – New columns have been added to the drill-down reports on the Attendance Not Submitted Dashboard: Actual Attendance Submittal, Possible Attendance Submittal, and Attendance Submittal Percentage. To access the report, go to the Table View on the dashboard and then click a blue hyperlink.

    New Columns: Adjusted Attendance Summary Report – Days Not Enrolled, Days Excused (Full Day), Days UnExcused (Full Day), Days Uncleared, and Out of School Suspension Days columns have been added to the report and is now similar to the MiSiS Attendance Summary Report. To access the report, go to Summary and then Monitoring Reports, then select the Adjusted Attendance Summary Report.

    Ad Hoc Reporting Subject Area Updates

    SBAC Science Subject Area: New CA Science Field Tests - "Percent Points Earned"   A new column “Percent Points Earned” is available in the SBAC Science Subject Area.

    To access the column in the subject area, drill to the SBAC Science Folder and then SBAC Test Scores.

    Marks Secondary Subject Area - New Semester GPA Available – New columns have been added in Marks Secondary subject area under the GPA folder.  Fall – 10 Week Midterm GPA, Fall – 20 Week Final GPA, Spring – 10 Week Midterm GPA and Spring – 20 Week Final GPA columns are now available. 

    Attendance Daily Subject Area – 4 New Columns are now available under Daily Attendance>Attendance Data folder.  Full Day Excused Indicator, Full Day Suspended Indicator, Full Day Uncleared Indicator, and Full Day Unexcused Indicator columns are now available.

    Marks-Secondary Subject area – ELPAC Test Results Now Available  

    ELPAC Assessments now available in the Marks-Secondary subject area.  To access the columns, drill to the Latest Test Scores folder and then the ELPAC Assessment folder. 

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  • 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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  • 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.