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    SIMS Summer 2014

    The pre-release notes are out. Plan is for release before COB on Monday 30th June. Not sure about UK schools but we'll be closed by then.

    Some great new assessment features amongst other changes. If you don't keep up with David Pott (you should!), you might not have heard about these Assessment Manager Enhancements Summer and Autumn 2014 | SIMS Assessment Manager Blog :

    The assessment mapping tool sounds great and will be really useful, hopefully for schools to move data internally between old and new systems as well as for pulling data in to standardised aspects.
    Grouping by cell colour - cool.
    Easier hide / unhide of columns.
    New tags for Ind. Reps. like Sessions Late over a given time period. Total Minutes Late....

    Plus there's the usual improvements and changes to various areas, notably a speed increase in the reporting engine which "will mainly be seen when running simple reports involving the student focus" . . .

    EDIT:

    Also noteworthy from a separate bulletin on Assessment:
    The Summer release continues to boost the suite of Capita SIMS pre-defined assets by introducing enhanced Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) Resources and these are taking the form of two distinct strands:

    Assessment with Levels
    Enhanced KS1 and KS2 progress tracking Marksheets, Tracking Grids and Aspect Analysis for the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths (suitable for those schools in England who choose to stick with levels for the time being and for Welsh schools in KS2 for whom Levels will still remain)

    Assessment without Levels
    The first step along our assessment roadmap to move towards assessing without levels, a new Progress Grid has been introduced to which clearly displays knowledge descriptors matched to the new curriculum for all core and foundation subjects. Teachers can use this Progress Grid to record whether a pupil is below expected, at expected or above expected knowledge at termly intervals for both the statutory and non-statutory requirements

    Moving into Autumn there are plans to further enhance the assessment suite of resources, introduce a SIMS School analysis report and take on-board feedback from our Assessment Software Consultancy Groups to feed into our assessment future roadmap.

    SIMS will continue to support the use of levels for as long as schools find the resources useful. In parallel with this, resources are being added into SIMS to help support a life without levels and will evolve overtime with feedback from our Assessment Software Consultancy Group meetings, the DfE, NAHT, ASCL and other leading bodies.

    Assessment is changing and SIMS Assessment Manager can help schools achieve their attainment and progress tracking needs for now and into the future.
    and from the blog .... upcoming : "Flexible Marksheets, Configurable by Teachers" - which has been long awaited.
    Last edited by vikpaw; 27th May 2014 at 06:18 AM.

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    Damn you @vikpaw will you top stealing my thunder :-p

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheScarfedOne View Post
    Damn you @vikpaw will you top stealing my thunder :-p
    Nothing tops stealing your thunder! Sorry, have you blogged about it?

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    We might just get this rolled out to schools before I leave... for ever. If it's on time.

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    And who's going to deal with the ver 2 and ver 3 revisions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikpaw View Post
    And who's going to deal with the ver 2 and ver 3 revisions?

    I could say 'who cares' but... well... who cares.

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    Can't link to it at work, but Capita's Twitter feed just announced bulk Aspect replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    just announced bulk Aspect replacement.
    https://twitter.com/G_Cooper/status/475925743458082816

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    Edited 18th June, minor change, still the same release date. One IMPORTANT NOTE:

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Secondary schools that use Examinations Organiser must upgrade to the SIMS 2014 Summer Release. Failure to upgrade to the SIMS 2014 Summer Release will result in PI values being wrong, missing functionality in PI reports and the latest business rules not being applied throughout the SIMS Exams software.

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    is there a link on support net for the provisional release dates for this year im sure there used to be one?

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    Are you thinking of the roadmap? They are fairly fixed i.e. March, June, October (ish) close to term dates and census dates, i don't recall seeing any exact dates though.

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    @vikpaw i guess the road map would be better than nothing, since moving away from LEA support to direct with capita navigating support net still takes some getting used to lol

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    Ok i'll be waiting for all you guinea pigs to test it out first for a few weeks and then deploy it

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    Exclamation URGENT UPDATE

    For those of you looking forward to being the first to upgrade, and be pioneers discovering all the bugs before the rest of us.....
    Hold your horses - urgent update - it won't be out today:

    An issue has been discovered at the very last minute in our release candidate for the SIMS 2014 Summer release. The issue could allow schools to input an incorrect date for school census and needs resolving in order to prevent the possibility of schools submitting Census files that may be rejected by COLLECT. We have confirmed the requirement with the DfE and feel we must make the change to the software. In order to resolve this issue and complete our testing there will unfortunately be a small delay to the release of approximately two days.

    The new revised date for this release will be by COB on Wednesday the 2nd of July.


    We apologise for any inconvenience that this delay may cause and appreciate the timing is very unfortunate.


    Regards,

    Jonathan Wood
    SIMS Product Manager (Technical and Releases)

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    @vikpaw:

    Has everyone done their migration to SQL 2014 before the update as a requirement for the Summer upgrade which is required for the PI reports?

    I have mine scheduled for the 4th of August as this is the earliest I can get!

    I can't believe that everyone has already migrated to SQL 2014?

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