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July 25, 2023

Getting a Jumpstart on Next School Year

Here are some of the best back-to-school tips for getting the most out of your OnCourse suite.

Morgan Paese

OnCourse Communications

For most of us working in education, time is our most precious commodity. So let’s get right to it; here are some of the best ways to save time and helps our schools run better.


Reminder about OnCourse Chat Support

August-September is the peak period of requests for training, support, and reconfigurations, where request volume can be nearly triple of any normal day! For district data managers, remember that Chat Support is your best first step for getting connected to an OnCourse specialist.

If you have an emergency or need urgent assistance, do you know who your district’s Customer Success Specialist is? If not, e-mail us at [email protected] to get a direct line to this advocate.

OnCourse Chat Support team sitting at table

Learn from Successful Work in Other Districts

Have you heard of the OnCourse Trailblazer program? Each year, a stellar group of educators and innovators submit their most successful projects for consideration. Click to view OnCourse Trailblazer clips or check out a few of our favorites below.

Building Assessments, Analyzing Standards, and Planning Interventions
Featuring Ms. Ali Angelle, Teche Elementary School
Watch a 5-minute recap.



Transforming Math Assessments with Tech-Enhanced Items
Featuring Ms. Taylor Wilkes,  Bossier Parish Schools
Register for live webinar: August 31st

Teacher demonstrating tech-enhanced math assessment

On-Demand Training for New Staff

Every new staff member should set aside time to review OnCourse University, a library of instructional videos and user guides. Make sure to check the OnCourse Dashboard for information on new features and important upgrades.

Back to School Checklist for SIS System Managers
Are you the district’s SIS guru? Review this back-to-school checklist to make sure OnCourse is ready for primetime.

Resources for OnCourse Connect portal


New! OnCourse Data Dashboard Starter Kit

A new initiative will make it faster and easier for your staff to see important student achievement data in one convenient place. This August, OnCourse SIS districts can opt into the free Data Dashboard Starter Kit. Simply send in your summative state scores and let our team do the rest.

By the time school begins, your staff can access “Back-to-School” dashboards designed by a team that includes decades of experience in curriculum, classroom teaching, and data analysis. Learn more or opt in here.

Browser showing a student data dashboard in OnCourse Multiple Measures


The Best OnCourse Upgrades You Don’t Know About

Multiple Measures
Available free for OnCourse SIS & Assessment Districts
Multiple Measures is an easy way to create convenient data dashboards for administrators and teachers. Use this tool as a “hub” for connecting data like summative scores, grades, benchmark results, student demographics, attendance, and lots more.


Scan Access
Available to OnCourse SIS districts.
Make it easier to monitor student movement throughout your campus, with OnCourse Scan Access. Set up scan kiosks at important locations like the main entrance, library, or cafeteria. As students enter or exit, OnCourse can update their scanned location and/or update attendance.
Cost: $1/student + hardware

Woman scanning in a student into the library using her Student ID card

SIS Address Validation
Available to OnCourse SIS districts.
Want to keep your guardian data cleaner? Connect OnCourse with a managed list of valid addresses, ensuring that guardian data is both consistent and accurate.
Cost: $500-$1500 per district, based on enrollment.


Benchmark & Comprehensive Assessments
Available to OnCourse Assessment districts.
Standards-aligned benchmark assessments for K-11 (three forms) and comprehensive assessments in 3-11.
Cost: Varies by enrollment

Interested in pricing or a demonstration for any of these upgrades? E-mail us at [email protected].


Upcoming Live Learning Opportunities


Creating a “Back to School” Dashboard
Hosted by Tyra Starkey, Ed-Tech Specialist, and Melissa Torba, Customer Success Specialist
Give your staff a fast and friendly way to get to know their incoming students (without toiling over a mega Google sheet!)
Watch the replay!
Invitation to "Back to School" Dashboard webinar

Streamlining Your Schools with New Features
Hosted by Wadeen Dean, OnCourse Product Manager
In the August 2023 edition, check out time-saving new features for completing online registrations, managing 504 plans, analyzing student data, and lots more.
Register for August 17th Webinar

View past new feature webinars.

Multi-Factor Authentication Options in OnCourse
Hosted by Joe Geary, Lead Systems Architect
With cyberattacks on the rise, securing sensitive data is more critical than ever. Join this workshop to learn about the MFA (multi-factor authentication) options available in your OnCourse suite.
Register for August 24th Webinar

Feature Friday Tips
Hosted by Tre Gonzalez
Learn about helpful OnCourse features in bite-sized videos published every other Friday during the school year. Watch past videos and subscribe to the series here.



Other News

“OnCourse Community” Being Retired
For several years, OnCourse provided an in-app forum for users who were interested in connecting with each other or voting on feature requests. To manage feature requests, OnCourse has now provided a direct form for requesting customizations.

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