LAUSD today agreed to delay the implementation of some elements of the web based system to manage student data (MiSiS), after UTLA members and other district employees raised concerns that the district is not ready to roll out this technology. UTLA called for a postponement of the flawed system and we will continue to push the district to do more than just delay it.
School counselors throughout the district experienced problems when attempting to schedule students. We are concerned that students will show up for school on Tuesday and not have class schedules.
Many schools already have experience in, and have already purchased other programs that track grades and engage parents and students in that process. UTLA encourages these schools to continue using those programs and not be forced into MiSiS. These schools are examples that LAUSD should have looked to for advice.
It’s important to note that LAUSD has not said it is stopping MiSiS implementation altogether. According to LAUSD, “Elementary teachers will be required to use MiSiS Gradebook on a weekly basis beginning November 17, 2014” and “Secondary teachers will be required to use MiSiS Gradebook on a weekly basis beginning January 12, 2015.”
In accordance with provisions of the Educational Employment Relations Act, UTLA attorneys will be issuing a demand to consult on educational objectives and a demand to bargain the impact and effects of the MiSiS application on employee working conditions.
UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl said, “That the Superintendent was considering rushing into this continues a distressing pattern of running headlong into technology fiascos that drain the budget and aren’t good for students—like the iPad rollout and the Common Core testing experiences.”