Create a Manual
After this year's new system is finalized, it would be great to have a manual on the 1202 process with screen shots. Maybe one section for those who are entering data manually on the DPI site and another for those who are uploading files from their HR software.
There is a user guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kdI7vhekklMQIYWDQ6q2b2m2N75gHTvmmP__9thf-Xc/edit?usp=sharing . Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if this is not what you were suggesting
Cathy Eckers commented
I agree with T. Fritz. I understand that there is a user guide out there, but there are several places where we have to look to find instructions and help. It was said on the WISEStaff call this morning that I should check the documentation on who is supposed to report contracted staff. Where exactly is that? There seem to be too many places to look. Do we look on the DPI website, the Google doc above, the DPI Google discussion page, in the notes from the weekly meetings....There seem to be too many places and we don't have enough time to check every place to find an answer. It's kind of like following a trail of breadcrumbs to find an answer. Maybe I'm the only one that feels this way?
T. Fritz commented
The User Guide is helpful...now. But, last year was my first year doing the fall staff report and half of the time I had no idea what you all were talking about or what I was reading about. I mean, what the heck is an LEA, a Historical Staff Data Bridge or a Local Person ID? It sounded like a foreign language.
Once you figure out your terminology the manual is good, but maybe it needs to come with a dictionary:) And I mean a detailed dictionary. What is a position vs an assignment and how do I figure out what to list a high school tech ed teacher as? What is District Experience vs Total Experience? How do I figure that out? For "Highest Degree" what are the options? What is the difference between a Working LEA and a Working School. I mean, think about it as if you had NO idea what any of these terms mean and you had no one in your school to ask.