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

  • New Open House Friday, November 16!

    Posted by Focus Reporting & Dashboards on 11/13/2018

    Do you have questions about how to create a specific ad hoc report in Focus? Go to MyPLN and search for Focus - Basic Ad Hoc Reporting Open House to sign up and attend the first Focus Open House of the 2018-19 school year.

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  • November 8, 2018

    Posted by Focus Reporting & Dashboards on 11/8/2018

    New Open Issues Button – Click the new Open Issues button next to the Create Report button on the Welcome Page, Subject Page, or any dashboard to view all known issues regarding dashboards in Focus. For example, if data is incorrect or unavailable, we will post that information in Open Issues. 

     

    Dashboard Updates

    MMED Dashboards: Updates to RFEP to Date Tile – The RFEP to Date tile on all MMED Dashboards now displays the count of students who have been reclassified at the school of reclassification to give credit to that school instead of the current school of enrollment. All related drill reports now display the reclassification school in addition to the currently enrolled school and identify whether the student is currently enrolled. 

    K-3 Class Size Simulator Tool Available Now – The K-3 Class Size Simulator, a supplement to the K-3 Class Size Average Dashboard, is now available to download and use. To access it, go to the Norm Enrollment and Staffing Subject Area, click the K-3 Class Size Average tab, and open the Simulator page. Click the Info button in the dashboard toolbar to download the Simulator in Excel spreadsheet format. Instructions on how to use it are provided within the Excel file.

    Report Updates

    New Target Language Proficiency Report – This report is now available, providing the prior school year’s language proficiency levels of current elementary students alongside their current elementary teacher. The report provides prior-year target language proficiency levels to current elementary-level teachers facilitating dual language curriculum. To access the report, go to Monitoring Reports and click the Elementary tab. Then click Target Language Proficiency.

    Job Aids & Videos Updates

    New Video: Create an Ad Hoc Report – A new video is available to provide instructions on how to create a basic ad hoc report. This video supplements the training available to users. To access it, click the Create Report button and scroll to the last page in the Job Aids & Videos section. Create an Ad Hoc Report is the first video in a new series of videos to be available in the upcoming releases. Future topics will include creating filters for an ad hoc report, using the search function, creating labels in Focus, and using the Student Search tool.

    For more information about instructor-led training, go to MyPLN (https://achieve.lausd.net/mypln) and search for Focus Ad Hoc Reporting.

    New Job Aid: Search for Multiple District IDs – This job aid is available to provide instructions on how to search for a student set by District or Student ID. It can be used for any dashboard which allows the user to filter for a District or Student ID. The job aid can be found in the Job Aids & Videos section on the Welcome Page.

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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.