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Monday, November 30, 2015

Big Changes from the Legislature

TSDS users will be seeing a number of changes over the next year in response to new legislation passed by the Texas State Legislature: 

New Prekindergarten Programs

The state is providing financial incentives to LEAs to enact or expand prekindergarten programs (HB4). In return the legislature is requiring additional program data to ensure that these programs meet quality standards and to track how effective prekindergarten education is improving later educational outcomes. Prekindergartens will submit their new data through TSDS in 2016-17.

Other Changes

In addition, bills that revise graduation requirements (SB 149), decriminalize truancy (HB 2398), and change how the length of a school year is calculated (HB 2610), among others, will require updates to TSDS PEIMS in the upcoming year.

Region 14 TSDS Champions will keep you posted on the latest updates.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

TSDS ECDS UPLOAD TRAINING

Today was great! We had 31 districts upload their Kindergarten Spreadsheet through TSDS today at Region 14. We had headaches, heartaches, laughs, and loads of fun. We learned from each other and many new tricks of the trade. Thanks to everyone who came and participated.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Update on TSDS PEIMS

There will be a deployment of fixes this Friday, November 6th. The new Delete Utility may be in that deployment. If it is not ready it will be released early next week. We may do another webinar to demonstrate how and when to use this new tool.

Don't forget that the TSDS ECDS Kindergarten upload is due to TEA by December 18th. We have been able to get the filled in spreadsheet out to all but one of our TxEIS users. Don't forget to sign up for the hands on training day November 12th. There will be two sessions 9:00 and 1:00. Bring your flashdrive with the completed spreadsheet and we will get it uploaded through TSDS to TEA.