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CARS NewsFlash #34

NewsFlash #34 was sent to LEA representatives to inform the LEAs of the reopening of the Program Improvement data collections, the CARS Winter Release and the upcoming CARS Spring Release.
To:            Local Educational Agency (LEA) Staff
From:       CARS Project Team
Date:       January 18, 2013
Subject:  CARS Update FLASH #34
Missing 2011–12 Data

As we begin extracting data from CARS for submission to the U.S. Department of Education (ED), we are discovering that some LEAs did not certify all of their 2011–12 data. We identified over 40 LEAs that have one or more schools in program improvement that did not certify their program improvement data. As such, when we submitted the data files to the U.S. Department of Education, these LEAs are missing. This afternoon, we will be re-opening the following two data collections to allow LEAs (with one or more schools in program improvement) that did not certify their data to do so.

The ED is giving us a limited time opportunity to revise certain data, so it is critical that the LEAs with missing data submit it by Thursday, January 31, 2013.

How do you know whether your LEA is one of those with missing data? If you see either of these data collections on your Home Tab in CARS, you need to complete and certify these data collections. If you do not see either of these data collections on your Home Tab in CARS, either these data collections are not relevant to your LEA or your LEA has already certified the data.

Winter 2012 Release

The Winter 2012 data collections were released on January 15, 2013. Attached is the cover letter. Already, over 80 LEAs have started working on their Title I School Allocations and over 70 have started working on their Economic Impact Aid School Allocations.

For a complete list of the Winter 2012 data collections visit the CARS Web page. Please note that the instructions contain more detailed information regarding the source data in CARS. Also, information about the error messages is now within the step by step section of the instructions. We are developing the pre-recorded training webinar of the Winter 2012 data collections, which will be released in the near future.

Spring 2013 Release

Now that the Winter 2012 release is out, we are shifting our focus to gathering requirements for the Spring 2013 release. We are targeting mid-May for the release with a due date of June 30, 2013.

For More Information on CARS

You can find more information on the CARS Web page.

If you have any further questions regarding CARS, feel free to e-mail the ConApp Support Desk at conappsupport@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   ConApp Support Desk | conappsupport@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0297
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