In March and July New Zealand Primary Schools are required to return roll information to the Ministry of Education.
LINC-ED makes this process really simple.
To complete this process you must have administrator access to your LINC-ED site.
1. Click on the Administration Tools icon.
2. Click on Menu then Roll Returns.
The page that you will see is separated into two sections.
The top sections will give you the option to validate your data for the current period. The options available will differ depending on the time of year, you can only generate an 'official' return between certain dates as specified by the Ministry of Education. Simply select the appropriate option eg 'Check date for March/July DRAFT file'.
The second section on the page will list all the previous return files which have been created. You can select these buttons to download historical data should it be required.
Checking and Validating your data
When you select the 'Check' button, LINC-ED will run validation tests on all the data stored for your current students. If any data is found to be incorrect or invalid, you will be presented with a list of students and the corresponding errors.
Each block will relate to a single student.
Each line within the block will relate to a different error for that student.
Click on the information page link alongside the error message to take you directly to the student's information page to correct the data.
Once you have corrected that particular child you can use the back arrow to return to the list and continue.
The Admin page link will take you to the administration page for a student where you can change their enrolment status or delete a duplicate entry.
Checking your Tables
Once your data has been successfully validated you will be shown a button to 'Create files and tables for the Ministry'.
Once you select this button all the necessary files will be created for you. Before you can download the .moe file to send to the Ministry you must first print out and check the tables listed. Select each button to open and print the tables.
The first button Print all the required Tables associated with this file is your paper copy of all the data going to the ministry. If your data is not correct here, then it will not be correct in the .moe file.
Things to check:
Table M1 - The Total Roll must match your current roll. This will be a sum of both the Regular Students column and the Fee-Paying Students Column. If you have carried out all your pre-checks correctly, this should match. If it does not match see Checking your Audit Lists.
Table M2 - The total will only differ from M1 if you have Foreign Fee Payers as this table only prints Regular Students.
Tables M3-M6 - Should all match your M1 totals. These should not normally cause any problems as the same records are being printed in different ways.
Table M7 - Check your totals here. They should match M2 as it excludes Foreign Fee Payers. If this does not add up, you will need to check your Maori Language Learning Levels to see if you have any outside the norm.
All other tables will be empty.
To print your tables, right click and select Print. Schools should print their roll return tables so they can review their roll summaries. They should keep these on-site for their records and for tabling at their next BOT meeting.
Checking your Audit Lists
The second button Print all the Audit Tables associated with this file will provide your Audit reports. Schools will still need to print their Full School Audit Roll and keep this on-site for audit purposes. NB - completing the audit class lists is now optional so you do not need to print these.
You may also wish to print your Maori Language Resourcing List and List of Fee Paying Students. The Audit Term Attendance Register has been replaced by the List Builder pre-made report so is not required.
If your totals in M1 do not add up to your current roll the best way to check find the error is to copy and paste the contents of the Full School Audit Roll into excel. From here you can sort your students by class and check your class numbers. This will reveal if you have any students appearing in your roll who are no longer current students or any students missing from classes. Once you have identified the error student, you can check the mandatory fields outlined in your pre-checks.
Uploading the Data File
Once all tables have been printed, check the box labelled 'By checking this box you are confirming that you have printed all the tables above.' This will reveal a link to the new .moe file.
The .moe file is uploaded to the Ministry of Education via the student portal. This link will provide instructions on how to perform the upload. How to Upload your Roll Returns to the MOE