Monday, May 1, 2017

Disregard the PMA Report That Came in Your Email

One of the things I like about the Stride reports is the ability to sign up for weekly email updates. Every Saturday, you get a link in the email that produces the School Summary Report (for administrators) or Classroom Summary Report (for teachers) for the previous week.

The automated report saves you from having to manually run it yourself. It also saves you from having to remember to run the report.




An enhancement that will be a good idea...

What if during PMA, you also got a weekly link that would produce the PMA Report? Again, the report would be delivered automatically via a link in an email.

If it worked.

Several weeks ago, I saw exactly what we just talked about. The only thing was that it only displayed the last two PMA periods. I had a couple of discussions with tech support.

I explained how confusing it was for schools to receive a report that looked incomplete. I also saw why the report was showing incomplete data.

As I looked at the long URL in the email, part of that URL made reference to a "start date" and another part to an "end date." When I manually edited the URL and changed the start date to August 1 instead of some February or March date, the report was perfect and included all PMA periods.

My understanding was this report was being pulled until the fall. Indeed, I had not gotten that report again.

Until this weekend...

There it was...only worse. Only PMA 4 is showing. That's not the worst part. If you click the link in the email, look closely at the URL it takes you to:

...&action=get_sgr&startDate=04/01/2017&endDate=04/30/2017

See the problem? 

You are getting a report that includes PMA work done between April 1 and April 30. Most students had completed PMA44 long before April 1. 

While you have that long URL in the browser, if you were to arrow to the end and change the start date from "04/01/2017" to something like "08/01/2016," the PMA Report would display correctly.

I am sure the development team will have the problem straightened out in plenty of time for the fall.

Being able to get a PMA Report delivered to your email every week during PMA will be a great thing. Like any other data, however, it's only useful if it's correct.