LPS Data

Why does LPS need data?

LPS collects and uses educator and student data to track enrollment, guide teaching and learning, and monitor student progress. Data drives decisions about school assignment, hiring and retention, curriculum choices, enrichment programming, attendance, and tells us how we are doing at the student, classroom, school and district levels.  With this in mind, we use the following tools to aid in this work.  To learn more about each of these products, please click on the links below.

How does LPS use and store data?

Munis Tyler Technologies, the parent company for Munis, is the largest software company in the nation solely focused on providing integrated software and technology services to the public sector, including cities and school districts. Munis is the technology that drives our human resources, budget and payroll departments. 
PowerSchool is the district’s Student Information System, providing a single source for student registration and enrollment, classroom functionality for tracking grades, assessment, attendance and more at the student level. 
Schoolzilla is our data warehouse and reporting tool. It pulls information nightly from Powerschool and allows us to view outcomes by student, student group, grade level, and whole school, in real time and from one year to the next. 
TeachPoint is our teacher evaluation and professional development tracking solution, helping us to track and improve teacher effectiveness.

How does LPS secure data?

The district takes safeguarding this information very seriously and holds each of our vendors responsible for protecting the data with which we entrust them. If privacy ever becomes a concern, we share that notification here with our stakeholders and, depending on severity, contact individuals who may be impacted. 
After a recent upgrade to their backup systems, a configuration error exposed some of the company’s backup files. A well-known computer security researcher who has led sessions at the RSA security conference had spent several hours doing targeted analysis of Schoolzilla’s data systems when he uncovered the vulnerability. As soon as the vendor learned of the problem, on the morning of Wednesday, April 5, they immediately: (1) corrected the security configuration; (2) confirmed from a review of our logs that only the one researcher had accessed that data; and (3) ensured, via a sworn affidavit, that the researcher deleted the files and had not transferred or shared them with anyone else. 

A breach occurred through a phishing attack directed at LPS and may have caused unauthorized disclosure of staff’s personal information. The information that was breached may have included staff name, phone number, address, social security number and calendar year 2015 earning. The district worked with Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The district provided staff with immediate notification as well as walk-in inquiry, a hotline number and email to support and assist staff, as well as provided one year free fraud alert protection.