ESC Region Training – Level 1

1.Training Overview #


This training will provide an overview of OnDataSuite:

  • OnPoint enables users to pull data from across years, test administrations and collections, to provide unprecedented access to multiple data sets in one system. It features PEIMS and Assessment data, and merges into Accountability, Federal and State, and PBMAS.
  • OnPar contains public released data, such as the TAPR, to enable users to compare district and campus data with any other district/campus in the state.
  • OnView provides a link for ESC’s to display their TAPR data on their websites in an interactive graphical form.
  • OnBoard dashboard built with school board members in mind to provide basic district information, with the ability to drill down into a related report.


This session will also provide information on how to incorporate the use of OnDataSuite at the Regional level to:

  • Add value to existing LEA contracts
  • Create new areas of service to LEAs (revenue)
  • Promote LEA data quality
  • Fulfill data request – ESC Level
  • Build continuity – ESC procedures/departments
  • Market to LEA’s

2.Region Utilization #

The ESC view allows the user to see all districts (who’s data has been loaded into the system) as well as an aggregated Region wide total. Data can be accessed all the way down to staff/student level, if permissions allow.


What are ESC’s doing to maximize services?

ESC’s are adding value to current contracts, such as PEIMS, Assessment, and Accountability, by running available reports and developing queries to assist the district with data review both proactively and re actively.

ESC’s are also finding new services (revenue streams) and contracts to offer, such as auditing (attendance), assisting with CIP (campus improvement plan) and consulting on Accountability areas (CCMR).


ESC’s are developing data review procedures to enable consultants to be more consistent and efficient when consulting with LEAs.

ESC’s are more effectively assisting LEAs with data quality because of the ease and availability of once hard to access data.


How are ESC’s using OnDataSuite internally?

EDIT+ has been utilized for many years to enable ESC staff members to have access to the PEIMS data needed for their department. Since EDIT+ has been replaced with TSDS, which does not offer the same type of access/functionality, most ESC’s are turning to OnDataSuite. This system provides an effective means to access the data, as well as enhanced functionality.


ESC’s across the board, also use the system to ease the tide of data requests simply because the tool is so fast and easy to use. Providing access to multiple departments, to enable staff to fulfill their own data needs quickly and with very little training, is very effective and efficient. The bonus of data sharing, is the sense of ownership it brings to the departments.

Many ESC’s are finding that the use of OnDataSuite has unified the departments, as the system provides hands on opportunities to see how data ties them all together. If ODS is used as a platform to share reports across departments, everyone will be accessing the data, in the same report format. This consistency and stability creates opportunities to draw conclusions unilaterally and promotes “buy in” needed to make systematic changes successful.


Promoting OnDataSuite to LEAs.

When an LEA has a subscription to OnDataSuite, they are able to load more data and load it earlier to ensure a more proactive view and thus enable data clean up.

Discussions between OnDataSuite users becomes fluid when both the LEA and ESC are looking at the “same” report and same format from the same data system.

LEA’s can also create an account for ESC staff to their OnDataSuite database, as part of a service or contract, or on a as need basis to  assist with data review.

ESCs can retain up to 15% of each LEAs annual subscription to OnDataSuite = revenue.

3.Access #

How to access OnDataSuite:

  • URL is provided by the ESC’s OnDataSuite Administrator(s).
    • Example:
  • Browser: Chrome preferred
  • Login:  Assigned by OnDataSuite Administrator
  •  Password: Assigned by ODS Admin
    • Case sensitive
    • Maybe change by user
    • System does not “save”, must be “reset”
  • Accounts/Access will be set up by the ODS Admin

4.File Center #

The File Center is located on the top black menu bar. ESC users may, may not, have access.

Data Sources for ESCs include:

  • PEIMS:  TSDS (Interchange files)
    • CSV – TSDS Retrieve Data
    • xml – TSDS edm or from LEA’s SIS
  • ETS files (STARR/TELPAS)
  • Other – ie…TEA Cohort List: (TEASE/Accountability Application-requires individual Superintendent permission)

NOTE: It is important to know what data is behind the reporting tool!

ESC’s have complete control of the data loads.

5.Dashboards #

ESC View

Note: “Purple” ribbon for the ESC view. District Level is “blue”.

State Assigned Districts- Includes districts within the regional boundaries, as per TEA.

State Assigned + Contracted Districts – Includes Districts that utilize the ESC for PEIMS services.


District List provides a view of each district, their contract status, and Teacher and Student snapshot counts from Fall PEIMS data.

Select the district to be view, by either clicking on the hyperlinked LEA name, (left) or using the drop down in the top right corner of the screen.


District and Campus views– multi year – for each LEA

Fall Dashboard– student counts from PEIMS Snapshot data (last Friday in October)

Click on any link to produce a list (student/staff) – if access allows

  • Tools
    • Export to Excel
    • Bookmark
  • Sort  columns
  • View profile -Drill down from a student list or from “Search”.(permission required)


Summer Dashboards – for  each LEA 

  • Cumulative- Pulls from Summer PEIMS files and counts any student who had at least 1 day of attendance (served) in any of the dis aggregated fields.

NOTE: Drill down, using hyper links, to find the list of students.


  • Days Membership – dis aggregated count of each day students were in membership (or absent).


Campus  Dashboards- for each of the LEA’s

  • Campus List displays information for each campus and all links are clickable for drill down.

  • Campus Teachers displays information about the teachers for each campus with live links to drill down to access the list of teachers.

  • NOTE: Once a list of teachers is generated, click on their ID column ((permission required), to view their profile/dashboard.


Staff Profile/Dashboard


Academic Dashboard Tab-for each LEA

  • Attendance/Discipline percentage by reporting periods

  • STAAR, TAKS, and TELPAS assessment data

6.Student/Assessment/Staff/Finance #

We will focus on the Student section, but the Assessment, Staff, and Finance areas all use the same functionality.

Produce reports, work with student lists, and add data from different data sources to help districts develop/maintain data accuracy procedures.

  1. Adhoc reporting tool – Create your own reports (save/share)
  2. Data Validation – Reports for Data Review of PEIMS Submissions
  3. Custom Reports – Reports for conducting Audits and Data Quality


  • SEARCH for a report
  • Use a “Focus” List to determine who will pull in the report.
  • Use “Tools
    • Export to Excel,
    • Bookmark to save/share reports,
    • Report Info to find more information about the report.


 Creating Ad Hoc Reports


Fall Enrollment” -Select year(s) for the report- if none are selected, all of the years of data will pull

  • Select the “Criteria: 1” – “Grade Level”-a data element from drop down box.
  • Select “Filter” (located on the right) -Optional
    • This will produce a list of all codes for the data element.
    • Choose the code or codes to include on your report or leave the boxes blank and all codes with a value will be included.
  • Option to  continue to Select “Criteria:” for additional data elements and filters as needed
  • Select the “Create Report” button

NOTE: Focus List – Feature – enables reports only pull students selected for the Focus list.


Use Report Options with your ad hoc report (Located in black box, left side_

  • Graph Control (Pie, line or bar graph can be created.)
  • Heatmap On/Off (Makes it easier to see high and low points in the data.)
  • Export to Excel –creates data in a spreadsheet.
  • Bookmark (To save the parameters of the report or to share your report with other ODS users)
  • Display Percent’s for each of the columns


Select “Print”- to create a hard copy (top left corner, black menu bar)


Use “Column Options” tab at the top of a student/staff list can be used to change columns, including  adding new columns from various data sets.


Use “Add New Column” to add a column(s) of data to the list.

  • Select a “Data Type”
  • Select a “Record”
  • Select a “Column” -may select multiple
  • Select a “Year”

  • Click the  “Add ” button to place the new data at the bottom of the display.
  • Click “Submit Changes” to generate the report. 


To EDIT columns/rows on the report

  • Relabel the Title of a row instead of using the default Title. It is a free form field.
  • Use the drop down to select a different year for the data.
  • Change the “Display Type” to “Description” or the PEIMS “Code” or both.
  • Select a row of data to be “Hidden” when the report displays.
  • Grouping” allows the user to group/ungroup data to be displayed.
  • Save/Select All” – Items selected can be saved and used to add to a subsequent report.
  • “Apply Filter” – system will retain a filter selected when the report was created.
  • To Remove a column of data, click the trash can icon.
  • Reorder the of rows by using the blue up/down arrows.

  • Data Set- Lists which file the data is pulling from
  • Record – Describes which record/area the data is pulling from
  • Submission* – Identifies which PEIMS submission the data is pulling from.

Example: Economically Disadvantage is reported in both Fall and Summer PEIMS. Use can expect to see identification as to which submission is being pulling to display the data.

7.Accountability #

PEIMS and Assessment data is used in various Accountability areas:

  • Federal
  • State
  • Performance Based Monitoring – PBM
  • Data Validation Monitoring- DVM

8.OnPar/OnView #

The OnPar/OnView sections of the suite, utilize public data released by the state, like TAPR (Texas Academic Performance Rating) to build reports.  Data is preloaded by the OnDataSuite staff and there are no user restrictions.


OnView-Visualize the TAPR data for the region, on the ESC website, if desired!




OnPar  provide users with powerful resources to easily build comparison reports/graphs for multiple years and and for multiple districts/campuses in the state, using any peer group desired.

Build reports:

Add Criteria:

Report graphed with state and region comparisons.

Multi year data provided as well.

Use “District Rate” drop down to filter by Campus or Student groups.

Down load  or print the graph and the data set.


PEER Lists:


Create Manual Peer Groups and/or let the system Automatically “find” districts’ campuses that meet the criteria selected uses the tabs and slider bars.

Use this lists for  “My Reports” to build comparison data charts and spreadsheets for multiple years.

9.Support/Training #


  •  Located at the top right portion of the OnDataSuite screen upon log in.
  • Please provide as much detail as possible, including a screen shot and detailed description of location of report, criteria used, and what specific issue is occurring.

MANUAL – Icon 

  • Directs user to the OnDataSuite user Manual that includes a search feature to enable user to quickly locate area(s) of information.




Webinars and Training Videos


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