Vendor RFR for SMARTT Successor
Last year, ACLS began "repainting" SMARTT in order to bring the system into alignment with new NRS requirements under WIOA and to enhance functionality and ease of use for users in the field. By the end of this month, the repainted SMARTT 3 format will be complete, and users will be able to access and enter data in all internet browsers.
However, as necessary as those changes were just to meet the WIOA requirements already in effect, ACLS has determined that to have a student information system that can better support programs, a new solution is required. To that end, an RFR is being drafted to secure a vendor who can supply a product that meets the increased needs of the field. The RFR will be released in October, and an award for SMARTT's successor is expected to be announced by early spring.
FAQ Guide Being Drafted for FY18 Student Intake Form
We've received some great questions regarding the FY18 Student Intake form. In response, ACLS has posted an FAQ guide on its website and will update it periodically if/when further questions arise. You can find the guide under SMARTT Forms.
FY18 Student Intake Form
In response to feedback from the field, the student intake form has been revised to align more closely with the fields in SMARTT that are still required to complete a student intake. Programs may continue to use the FY17 intake form, but it is hoped that the new form will make data entry more efficient. You can find the form on the ACLS website.
Data Verification/Site Rollover Request
Programs must complete and submit their Data Verification/Site Rollover request before they can enroll students in FY18 classes, enter attendance, administer assessments, and so on. Please submit your request on or before Friday, September 1 to ensure a smooth and timely transition to the FY18 program year. A new "Reviewed Student Data?" checkbox has been added so programs no longer need to check every individual box that falls under a category. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your program specialist and/or the SABES SMARTT Zendesk.
Excluding Students from Performance Reports, or What Happens if a Student Dies?
Participants may be excluded from all performance indicators if one of the following reasons applies:
Although programs can continue to exit students from classes, those students remain in the system until they are auto-exited according to set business rules based on WIOA requirements. However, because students are no longer manually exited, an "exit reason" is no longer attached to the student, thus when SMARTT auto-exits students, they are all automatically included in the denominator for performance indicators.
STAR Programs and DAR Assessment
Effective immediately, STAR programs no longer need to enter DAR assessment data into SMARTT. STAR programs are still required to administer the DAR and keep a written record.
Remember to check the Data Entry and Auto Exit Schedule to ensure that student data is entered on time.
Cohort Follow Up
The Cohort Follow Up screens will be fully populated with student data once all program sites have been rolled over to FY18, which is expected to happen by the end of this month. Once completed, programs should be able to follow up on all students who were exited. A tutorial on Cohort Follow Up is now available.
FY17 Data can be Entered Post Rollover
In a change from previous years, programs can now enter student attendance and assessment data for FY17 (only for the months of May and June) even after their site has been rolled over to FY18 in SMARTT.
FY18 Student Intake
Beginning in FY18, programs are expected to complete a new intake for all students, including those who are continuing from the previous year. Programs may use whatever form they wish, paper or electronic, as long as those versions solicit and collect all of the same information that is found in the FY17 SMARTT Student Intake form.
To download the form from the ACLS website, click the link and search under SMARTT Forms. It is also recommended that programs read the brief FAQ Guide to the FY17 SMARTT Intake Form found in the same section of the website.
New Data Entry Policy Regarding Attendance and Primary Area of Assessment
Effective immediately, programs will no longer have to wait to enter student attendance until identifying the primary area of assessment.
FY18 Attendance Data Entry Schedule
Data for each month must be entered by the last day of the following month as indicated in the following schedule, with the exception of July and September in which two months are given for data entry. If a program misses a data lock-out, it can send an email to the ACLS Administrator (copying their program specialist) requesting permission to enter data after the lock-out and providing strong reasons for the request. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis. Repeated requests may trigger a data and/or fiscal audit.
|Month of Attendance||Day that Month of Attendance is Locked Out|
|July 2017||September 30, 2017|
|August 2017||September 30, 2017|
|September 2017||November 30, 2017|
|October 2017||November 30, 2017|
|November 2017||December 31, 2017|
|December 2017||January 31, 2018|
|January 2018||February 28, 2018|
|February 2018||March 31, 2018|
|March 2018||April 30, 2018|
|April 2018||May 31, 2018|
|May 2018||June 30, 2018|
|June 2018||July 31, 2018|
FY18 Automatic Exit Schedule
It is in the best interest of programs to capture NRS-required outcome data for students in the follow-up cohort. This can be accomplished either by survey or data matching. However, a survey must be used for students who either did not provide a social security number (SSN), or did not sign a release of information form for employment follow-up and/or entry into postsecondary education/training. To ensure accurate reporting, SMARTT will automatically exit a student from the program if no attendance has been recorded during the three-month period immediately following the last month of attendance as indicated by the following schedule.
|Automatic Exit Schedule||Month of Last Attendance||No Attendance in these Months||System Assigned Exit Date|
|July 15, 2017||February||March-May||February 28 or 29|
|August 15, 2017||March||April-June||March 31|
|October 15, 2017||April||May-July||April 30|
|November 15, 2017||June||July-September||June 30|
|December 15, 2017||July||August-October||July 31|
|January 15, 2018||August||September-November||August 31|
|February 15, 2018||September||October-December||September 30|
|March 15, 2018||October||November-January||October 31|
|April 15, 2018||November||December-February||November 30|
|May 15, 2018||December||January-March||December 31|
|June 15, 2018||January||February-April||January 31|
Goal Follow Up Screen to be Hidden until Revised
The Goal Follow Up screen will be revised to align with NRS reporting requirements and better complement the Cohort Follow Up screens. In the meantime, to avoid confusion, the Goal Follow Up tab on the main menu will be hidden until the revised module is complete.
FY18 Program Plan Rollover
Programs who want to begin planning for FY18 can now rollover their Program Plans to FY18. To do so:
Once your Program Plan has been rolled over, no further changes can be made to your current FY17 plan.
The Cohort Follow-Up Module for the new WIOA Measures is complete. A tutorial explaining how to do follow-up is being developed by SABES and will be available later this month.
FY 17 SMARTT Intake Form Released and SMARTT Student Intake Data Fields Updated
The intention is for programs to start using the new form with students who have not already gone through the intake process. The intention is not to create double work, but it is requested that programs make a good faith effort to capture as much of the new information as they can with students who have already gone through intake with the FY 16 form.
The current SMARTT Student Intake data fields have integrated the data elements from the new form that were not previously available, such as the Barriers to Employment section.
To download the form from the ACLS website, click the link and search under SMARTT Forms
Please remember to enter February's attendance no later than April 30, 2016, at which point the data will be locked out.
SMARTT 2 and SMARTT 3 Merge on February 9
Be advised that starting Thursday, February 9, SMARTT 2 will be merged with the completed components of SMARTT 3. This means that users will interact with a hybrid User Interface (UI) until SMARTT 3 is fully developed. Specifically, the Agency, Project, and Site pages have been upgraded, and there is a new Cohort Follow Up page which programs will eventually use to track students' WIOA outcomes-tutorials and guidance on how to navigate the new follow up screens will be forthcoming. For more information, please read the ACLS special mailing that was sent to the field earlier this week.
SMARTT User Group
We have a SMARTT User Group comprised of a small number of practitioners in the field who are active users of the system. This group has been asked to test and provide feedback on some of the work that is under development, as well as provide feedback on matters closely related to SMARTT and Cognos, such as the new intake form which the group recently reviewed. Later this month the group will begin testing modules of SMARTT 3, and if you would like to be a part of this, please contact Charlie Herbert (cc Russell Fenton).
FY 17 SMARTT Intake Form
As mentioned above, the SMARTT User Group provided valuable feedback on the proposed FY 17 SMARTT Intake Form. The next step for ACLS is to process that feedback and, where appropriate, revise the form. Once final edits have been made, the form will be posted on the ACLS website; the target date for release is February 17. More specific instructions on how and when to use the form will be provided in next month's mailing.
Data Entry Lock-Out
November's attendance is due January 31, after which time the data will be locked out.
Update Contact Information in SMARTT
If you have had recent changes in staffing, particular at the Coordinator/Director level, please remember to update that information in SMARTT. The monthly mailing email list is generated from SMARTT, so it is important to keep the information as accurate and up-to-date possible. If you need assistance in updating your information, please contact the SMARTT Help Zendesk (see Resources).