Limited Production Releases
Transition to TSDS Hosting and the EDW – TEA and the Limited Production Release (LPR) LEAs are in the process of transitioning to TSDS hosting and data loading via the Operational Data Store (ODS) in the Education Data Warehouse (EDW).
The next major release of the studentGPS™ Dashboards will house its data in the EDW and will use Unique ID identifiers in consistency with the rest of TSDS. TEA is currently testing the LPRs' dashboard extracts to ensure that their student information systems can successfully generate Texas Education Data Standards (TEDS)-compliant TSDS files.
The transition process will also entail parallel testing between the pilot releases of studentGPS™ and the upcoming TSDS release.
Once tested, the TSDS release of studentGPS™ will become the official production system, and the pilot releases will be retired.
Transition to Early Adopter Program – Once the TSDS release of studentGPS™ is tested and in production, LPR LEAs will join the early adopter program, implementing both TSDS PEIMS and studentGPS™.
Assessments – TEA is currently in dialog with Assessment vendors to provide them with guidance and information that will help those vendors produce TEDS-compliant assessments extracts for their LEAs. These assessment extracts provide data for the dashboards. All LPR and early adopter LEAs are encouraged to contact their assessment vendors about how/if they plan to make their data available for studentGPS™.
Early Adopter Kickoff – The kickoff meeting for the early adopter program was held in mid-May, with both LPR and early adopter staff attending. Early adopters may wish to contact LPRs for tips, best practices, and lessons learned for getting the most out of studentGPS™.
What Are the Limited Production Releases?
The LPRs are seven LEAs that elected to participate in pilot releases of the TSDS studentGPS™ Dashboards.
LPRs were part of the development process for the dashboards from an early stage, and their feedback has played a foundational role in the organization and functioning of the dashboards.
Who Are the LPRs?
The seven LPR LEAs are Lubbock, Lewisville, Allen, Taylor, Hays, Alief, and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, representing a range of enrollment sizes (shown in the image below), geographic locations, and local student information systems.
This range of LEAs was intended to help TEA troubleshoot potential issues that might arise for a broad spectrum of future TSDS adoptees.
Feedback from the LPRs
The LPR LEAs have been a critical participant in the TSDS design and development process. Their feedback has been incorporated into every release of the studentGPS™ Dashboards, and ongoing reports and surveys document their lessons learned, best practices, and feedback.
Visit the Feedback section of this website to view some early feedback gathered by MSDF from one of the LPRs.
Case studies of the Lubbock and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo LPRs will be posted in that section in 2013.
Resources for the LPRs