FASTER CHANGES FOR 2011-2012

Effective: December 11, 2011

ADMINISTRATIVE REMINDERS AND ISSUES

Districts, Postsecondaries, and Technical Centers

The cutover to the new version of FASTER and SPEEDE/ExPRESS will begin on Friday, December 9th, 2011. The new version will be in place on Sunday, December 11, 2011. FASTER users will be notified via e-mail from the listserv of any changes or updates that occur.

If you have not yet done so, visit the FASTER Web Page and sign up for the FASTER listserv by clicking on the Sign up for the Listserv link. Documentation on how to use the listserv can be found at http://lserv.fldoe.org. Changes that were made to FASTER over the course of the previous year are listed in Updates to the 2010-2011 Version of FASTER.

We would like to encourage all schools to use the FASTER system to send and receive transcripts. The FASTER system is quick, economical, and the formats permit the transmission of data that is not included on printed transcripts. When receiving requests through FASTER, for student transcripts please make all attempts to respond as quickly as possible.

The FASTER Steering Committee is comprised of a representative from each program area that has an interest in the FASTER application. This group of stakeholders is your representatives. They represent your interests when it comes time to make policy changes and implement state or federally mandated requirements. This Committee meets throughout the year to consider changes to the FASTER system. The FASTER Steering Committee will report to the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC). Requests for technical changes to the FASTER system should be submitted to the FASTER e-mail address at FSTR@fldoe.org. Your requests will be researched and presented to the Committee for their consideration. Questions about policies or specific program areas should be submitted to your Steering Committee representative. See Chapter 1 for a list of Committee members.

AS A REMINDER: Whenever possible run FASTER jobs at night or on weekends. Use CLASS C when submitting jobs after 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and CLASS G for jobs submitted after 9 p.m. on Friday or anytime over the weekend. By adding or changing the job class on the JCL, you could save the state up to 75% of the cost of processing that job. Even if you run your job at night, you do not get a cost savings unless you specify the appropriate class. Chapter 3 gives a break down of the job classes and examples of each.

FUNCTIONAL SYSTEM CHANGES

Districts, Postsecondary and Technical Centers

A new function is being introduced this year. When printing transcripts via FASTER’s SRTS12 transcript print programs, institutions can set a parameter to “mask” the student’s identification number. Masking will apply to all printed instances of the student’s identification number, either the Social Security Number (SSN) or the High School Student Number. The default will be to print the identification number. When the parameter is set, the identification number will follow the format XXX-XX-1234 or XXX-XX-12345, whichever is appropriate.

Districts Only

Although many districts have been accurate in the use of the district codes ‘FL’ and ‘99’ in conjunction with the school number ‘N999’ for this field, a number of instances were identified where out of state courses were sent utilizing one of these two district codes and the school number N999. MSIX technical staff notified Florida of this issue and has requested Florida correct the situation as a stipulation of continued MSIX certification of the Florida interface for data flow to their system. MSIX business rules require each state to send academic course work associated with courses taken only in their state.

Beginning with the 2011-2012 academic school year, district schools should:

Doing so will ensure that only Florida course work will be transmitted by districts for migrant transcripts to the FASTER system and that course work taken at Florida private PK-12 schools will be included.

We understand that all districts have utilized the school number ‘N999’ in the past and we are in no way are requiring any data conversion of historical course work. Therefore, we ask that all course work which historically is identified with a school number of ‘N999’ and any newly recorded course work for a student with a ‘9900’ be eliminated from any transcript submissions to the MSIX system. Should either of these codes be found in a transmission to MSIX, they will be rejected as part of the FASTER edit process.


FORMAT CHANGES

Header Formats - Appendix H

I/S/P/T00

Postsecondary Formats - Appendix J

P01   Postsecondary Demographic Information Format

P02   Postsecondary Term Format

P03   Postsecondary Course Format

P04   Postsecondary Remarks Format

P05   Postsecondary Transfer Segment Format

P06   Postsecondary Test Format

P07   Postsecondary Degree Format

P08   Postsecondary Immunization Format

P20   Postsecondary Enrollment Format


Interdistrict/Secondary/Technical Center Formats - Appendix I

I/S/T01   PK-12 Student Information Format

I/S/T02   PK-12 Student Immunization Format

I/S/T03   PK-12 Student School Year Format

I/S/T04   PK-12 Student Course Format

I/S/T05   PK-12 Student Vocational/ELL/Dropout Format

I/S06   PK-12 Exceptional Student Format

I/S/T07   PK-12 Student Comment Format

I/S/T08   PK-12 Student Test Format

I/S09   PK-12 Student Discipline Format

I/S10   PK-12 PAS Number Format

I11   PK-12 Migrant Student Format


EDIT CHANGES - Appendix R

Postsecondary Edits

P00   Postsecondary Header Record Edits

P01   Postsecondary Fixed Segment Edits

P02   Postsecondary Term Edits

P03   Postsecondary Course Edits

P04   Postsecondary Remarks Edits

P05   Postsecondary Transfer Segment Edits

P06   Postsecondary Test edits

P07   Postsecondary Degree Edits

P08   Postsecondary Immunization Edits

Interdistrict/Secondary/Technical Center Edits


I/S/T00   PK-12 Header Record Edits

I/S/T01   PK-12 Demographic Edits

I/S/T02   PK-12 Immunization Edits

I/S/T03   PK-12 School Year Edits

I/S/T04   PK-12 Course edits

I/S/T05   PK-12 Vocational/LEP/Dropout edits

I06   PK-12 Exceptional Student Edits

I/S/T07   PK-12 Student Comment Edits

I/S/T08   PK-12 Student Test Edits

I/S09   PK-12 Discipline Edits

I/S10   PK-12 PAS Code Edits

I11   PK-12 Migrant Student Edits