While students are running off to summer break, teachers are preparing their FACTS Student Information System (SIS) database for next school year. Fear not! We’re here to help you wrap up 2019-2020 and get things ready for the next school season.
Before Running Progression
Many schools are concerned about running end-of-year progression. That concern is a bit misplaced, as all the progression does is move students from their current (2019-2020) status to their next (2020-2021) status. However, there are some important steps that need to take place BEFORE running progression:
- Make sure all 2019-2020 grades are loaded to report cards.
- Run Class Rank and Honor Roll.
If your school uses Class Rank and/or Honor Roll functions, you must run these before progressing to 2020-2021.
- Archive 2019-2020 report cards.
By archiving report cards before running progression you’ll ensure the correct grade level is displayed. To archive report cards, go to Report Manager > Academics > Report Card (Web) > move the students over (you may need to do this by grade if you use different report cards templates) > Print > Archive Report Cards > Choose a template > Create Archive.
- Archive 2019-2020 transcripts.
If your school produces student transcripts, it’s important to archive these before running progression as well. Simply go to Report Manager > Academics > Transcripts > move the students over (you may need to do this by grade if you use different transcript templates) > Print > Archive Transcripts > Choose a Template > Create Archive.
- Manually update students who are repeating a grade level in 2020-2021.
Go to the student’s page and click on the “School” tab on the right-hand menu bar. Under the “Next School” column, change the grade level to reflect the same grade level as 2019-2020.
- Manually update students who are currently enrolled, but are not returning to the school in 2020-2021.
Go to the student’s page and click on the “School” tab on the right-hand menu bar. Under the “Next School” column, change the next status field to “Withdrawn” and clear the grade level.
- Confirm Default Year.
Ensure the Default Year is set to 2019-2020 before you run progression. Do not change the default year until after progressing. After you run progression, you can change the Default Year to 2020-2021 by going to System > Configuration > System Defaults > (the “Default Year” field is in the white “Default Year and Term” box).
End of Progression Steps
Now that you’ve competed the above steps, you’re ready to progress from the 2019-2020 school year to the 2020-2021 school year. Go to System > Database Tasks > End of Year Progression
- Step 1: Progression Error Check
This allows you to verify the next status of your students and will show 2020-2021 grade levels. This step will also identify possible errors. The system may indicate that a specific student has an error when in fact the information is accurate. For example, if a student is repeating a grade level, the system will indicate there is an error if the grade level is identical for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. In this instance, you can disregard the error message.
- Step 2: Save Day Attendance
This step is optional and saves attendance information to the student transcript.
- Step 3: Progress Students to the Next Grade Level
This step moves the status for students from 2019-2020 to 2020-2021. This procedure is instantaneous and you will receive confirmation that progression is complete. Please note it is possible to manually edit grade level information for individual students after running progression.
- Bonus Tip: Copy Schedules from 2019-2020
If you still need to create your school’s schedule for next year, the “Copy Schedule” tool in FACTS SIS is for you. This function allows you to transfer classes, room assignments, and teachers over to next year, then edit as needed.
Need more specifics?
SIS Help also has a comprehensive outline which will guide you through the process (found here).