Make the PEIMS process easier by using the XML Validation Tool

Have you ever waited for hours to process your PEIMS file through TSDS only to find that you have errors you need to research and work through? Then, to make matters worse, you have to do the same long process again just to see if you corrected the error. If so, The XML Validation Tool … Read More


Attendance is much more that a teacher counting a student present in class at the official attendance snapshot time. Proper coding is vital to ensure that your district receives the funding that it deserves! Everyone in your district works hard to educate and support your students and it is important that your district does not … Read More

Comprehensive Needs Assessment

It’s that time of year again!  Time to begin planning for the upcoming school year.  Local Education Agencies (LEAs) across the state are currently working with their campuses on planning for the 2023-2024 school year.  To begin this process, campuses must first look at where they are now and use that as a guide to … Read More

When to Amend Federal Grants

It is spring cleaning time! Now is the time to review and clean up any changes needed in your federal grants to finish up the year. CSS recommends that you make sure the remaining funds are budgeted where you need them before the grant ends. You may find that summer plans have changed, an added … Read More

EDGAR Allowable Costs and Procurement

In order to run a school system, you have to make purchases. There is a great deal of responsibility involved to make sure funding intended for the students is regulated with care. An added layer of review is necessary when these purchases involve federal grant funds. Some charter districts are a one-man or two-man operation, … Read More

EDGAR Administrative Procedures

No doubt, Federal grant funds can provide great benefits for your students. From additional interventions to added technology, the possibilities are many, but programs funded by the USDE-issued grants such as Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and IDEA-B are regulated by many rules that can be difficult to understand. As a savvy administrator, you want … Read More

Using the Master Schedule to Maximize Funding

Whenever you think about maximizing ADA funding for a school district, you most likely think about proper coding of student attendance, student eligibility codes, and ensuring your students attend school for as many school days as possible. Do you ever think about the impact that your Master Schedule had on your ADA funding? Some of … Read More

Collaborative Comprehensive Needs Assessment for 2023-24 (CCNA)

While you were relaxing during Spring Break, you might have had thoughts about next year pop in your head, and hopefully you set them aside until this week! Now is the time to start writing down your ideas because it is almost time to start the needs assessment process that is required before you can … Read More

PEIMS Changes for 2022

Does your district have a truancy prevention plan in place? Per the 2022-23 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook ( “A child engages in truant conduct if the child is required to attend school under the TEC, §25.085, and fails to attend school on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in … Read More

Summer PEIMS

It is incredibly important that your Student Information System (SIS) Calendar accurately reflects what occurred in your district each day! In order to receive full ADA funding each of your campus calendars must include at least 75,600 operational minutes, including all applicable waivers. Operational minutes include all daily minutes from the start of student instruction … Read More