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Snapshot Preparation Guidance

Snapshot Preparation Guidance - WISEdata

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What is a Snapshot?

What is a SNapshot?

LEAs collect and share data with DPI every day. The data is live, and ever-changing as corrections are made, new information is added and updates are made.

A snapshot is static - it is taken on a predetermined date to capture the data that exists in WISEdash at the time of the snapshot.

In general terms, snapshots are pieces of data that are copied from active, dynamic tables in the DPI Data Warehouse (DW) at a specific point of time to a “permanent” location. The ‘permanency’ of a snapshot is useful in that it supports current and future, short-term and longitudinal data reporting and data study. The ‘static’ nature of a snapshot also facilitates reporting from an unchanging set of attributes because it provides consistent, repeatable query results that are unaffected by the dynamics of real-world changes and corrections.

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Who Participates in Snapshot?

Who Participates in Snapshot?

 

All LEAs that submit data to DPI participate in snapshot reporting.

There are different criteria for different types of LEAs

 

LEAs collect the following demographics for all students:

  • Race/Ethnicity

  • Gender

  • Grade Level

  • Disability Status

  • Economically Disadvantaged Status

  • Food Services Eligibility

Only for public schools, these additional data elements are required:

  • English Language Learner

  • Homeless
  • Migrant Status
  • Parent in Military

For a detailed list on snapshot requirements, visit the WISEdata Annual Tasks Checklist page, Annual WISEdata Snapshot Collection section. Extend the top three accordions to see a full list of all snapshot data requirements. 

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Why Do Snapshots?

Why Do Snapshots?

Snapshots will serve as the permanent data source for certified reporting by DPI. Snapshot data is used for the following:

  • Accountability Report Cards
  • Federal reporting, including ESSA
  • Public Reporting in the WISEdash Public Portal
  • Some funding determinations, such as IDEA, high poverty aid, maintenance of effort (MOE), and others.

For a detailed explanation of why each data set is collected, refer to Slides 5-13 of the 2022-23 Snapshot Preparation presentation below.

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Snapshot Preparation and Timeline: 2022-23 SY

May 23, 2023: Spring Demographic Snapshot

 

Table providing a visual display of the data elements collected for May snapshot. Same information is provided below in a list.

Data elements collected by BOTH Public and Choice schools:

  • Disability Status
  • Grade Level
  • Gender
  • Economic Disadvantage
  • Food Service Eligibility
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Additional Public Only Demographics: Migrant Status, ELL Status, Homeless, Parent in Military

 

December 6, 2022: Student Snapshot

Table providing a visual display of the data elements collected for the December snapshot. Same information is provided below in a list.

Data elements collected by BOTH Public and Choice schools:

  • 2022-23 Year End Completion: Attendance, Career Education, Completion, Credential Type, Discipline, Roster, and Transcripts

  • 2023-24 Third Friday of September Enrollment

  • 2023-24 October 1 Child Count of students with disabilities

  • 2023-24 High School Graduation Requirements (Graduation Plan)

  • All student demographics: Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Grade Level, Disability Status, Economic Disadvantaged Status, Food Service Eligibility

    • Additional Public Only Demographics: Migrant Status, ELL Status, Homeless, Parent in Military

  • 2023-24 Digital Equity data (Not required but strongly recommended)

 

Track important dates and deadlines in the WISE Events Calendar:

  • December 5, 2023 - date of December snapshot for 2023-24 school year

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Snapshot Preparation Slides and Webinars: 2022-23 School Year

 

Public Schools Snapshot Preparation Materials 

 

Choice School Snapshot Preparation Materials

 

Charter Schools Snapshot Preparation Materials

 

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Snapshot and Data Errata

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The data sent to WISEdata Portal by Wisconsin schools through their Student Information System(s) (SIS) is a 'live' collection. It is constantly changing with updates, corrections and new submissions. 

As stated in the introduction: a snapshot is static - it is taken on a predetermined date to capture the data that exists in WISEdash at the time of the snapshot.

The DPI Customer Services Team has an extensive process of reaching out to our stakeholders by conducting Data Quality outreach (where we reach out to LEAs via electronic communications and phone calls) every August, and continues this through December by answering Help Tickets all they up until the December snapshot date. 

What is Data Errata?

Translation of this Latin phrase means, "a correction of published information." Despite all of our best efforts to get data accurate, this process is not perfect and there are times when data is misreported or not reported in time to be accurately represented on the snapshot report. This is when data errata letters come in to play.

Once the snapshot has been taken, that report is permanently frozen as is on WISEdash, much as we are in a family photo - it is how we look at that point in time. So, while the snapshot itself cannot be altered, LEAs still have an opportunity to provide the most accurate information they can writing a letter that states the nature of the data errors that were reflected on a snapshot report. 

Steps in the Data Errata Process:

1. Correct all incorrect data in the WISEdata Portal.

2. Write your Data Errata letter. Do not include any personally identifiable information as Data Errata letters are published publicly. Visit the data errata webpage and the data errata WISEstaff data collection page for examples on how to present your corrections with high level language, and other information.We hope this additional documentation on submitting data errata letters is helpful in the event your LEA does need to submit one.

3. Data Errata letters are submitted through the WISEadmin Portal; you can learn more information about the WISEadmin Portal from this WISEadmin informational page. If you do not have access to WISEadmin, reach out to your district staff first. You can also visit the WISEhome login page, click, "Need Help Signing In?" and then select one of the available questions that best addresses your situation.   

What Data Errata is NOT

It must be very strongly understood, however, that the Data Errata letter does not work as an alternative to getting one's data prepared for snapshot ahead of time. Every LEA is responsible for their Data Quality. 

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Snapshot FAQs

  1. What are the differences between the snapshot dashboards and the topic dashboards in WISEdash for Districts?

    • The Snapshot dashboards in WISEdash for Districts provide users with tools to query data captured in a snapshot and compare that data to their district’s current data from the main DW tables. These comparisons can help the district identify and correct data reporting deficiencies in preparation for a future snapshot event. For more information on the snapshot dashboards please see the About the Data Snapshots page. Note that the snapshot dashboards provide a way for districts to select the set of students that are/were attending a selected district/school or that are/were accountable by, but not necessarily attending, a given district/school.

    • The topic dashboards in WISEdash for Districts only show data based on the attending district or school/the district that submitted the student records through WISEdata.

  2. Why doesn’t data in the WISEdata Portal match data in WISEdash for Districts?

    • Data flows nightly from WISEdata into WISEdash for Districts. Note that any data with errors have the potential to impact the data you see in the dashboards. Specific errors that result in data not flowing from WISEdata to WISEdash are noted by the ‘critical’ icon in the WISEdata Portal.\

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