LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District were told not use a new computer system to take attendance Friday after students’ schedules were scrambled on the first day of school earlier this week.
Schedules that were chosen at the end of the last school year were mixed up, and middle school students were placed in the same classes as high school students because of error messages teachers have been receiving from LAUSD’s new data system nicknamed MISIS – My Integrated Student Information System.
LAUSD implemented the data system to comply with a lawsuit settlement to make information, such as student attendance, schedules and grades, readily available to parents.
It was successfully used during the summer program, but the late enrollees into the schools caused a backlog, according to Lydia Ramos of the LAUSD.
She said teachers were asked to take attendance by hand Friday as MISIS engineers work on the issues. Administrators have one week to enroll the less than one percent of 650,000 students district-wide that have not been inputted into the system.
The teachers union says they want the district to scrap the program and use the old system until a better solution can be found.