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Quarterly Reporting

The OSSC is responsible for monitoring and documenting all budgetary expenditures using LFOS or LGU funds. Quarterly reporting includes reporting/documenting all LFOS or LGU activities, including contract expenditures taking place at the school level. In addition, we welcome documentation of non-LFOS or non-LGU funded activities that support the LFOS and/or LGU mission. These activities may include, but are not limited to tutoring, mentoring, job shadowing, job site visits, college guest speakers, community service, and cultural events. Quarterly OSSCs are expected to report via the Cayen Data Management System and upload deliverables via Egnyte to your assigned Regional Coordinator.

Quarter Reporting Period:

Reporting takes place on a Quarterly basis. Reports are always due to LFOS within five (5) days of the end of the reporting period, below:

QuarterReporting PeriodDue no later than this date
1st QuarterAugust 3 through October 23Friday, October 30, 2020
2nd QuarterOctober 24 through January 8Friday, January 15, 2021
3rd QuarterJanuary 9 through March 12Friday, March 19, 2021
4th QuarterMarch 13 through May 21Friday, May 28, 2021

Level of Field Outreach Services

There are three levels of outreach services LOSFA provides to schools, which are intensive, concentrated, and statewide, as indicated below. Depending on the level of services each school is provided, standard and special initiatives are implemented. Moreover, Standard Initiatives are required for all Intensive Service Schools.

Standard Initiatives

  • Campus/Industry Visits
  • College Acceptance Day/Award Recognition Day
  • Leadership/Transition Programming
  • College Match & Fit Workshops (College Kickoff Event for Seniors)
  • Cross-Curricular College Access Activities
  • Louisiana College Application & Access Month
  • Signal Vine Text Messaging
  • TOPS Check/Retention Workshop
  • Louisiana College Application Month
  • FAFSA Completion Workshop
  • Mentoring/Coaching
  • Fly Tour (Financial Literacy for You)
  • Signal Vine Text Messaging
  • TOPS/FAFSA/Financial Literacy Workshops

Special Initiatives

  • ACT Support
  • Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate (AP/IB)
  • Course Credit Recovery Support/Tutoring
  • Dual Enrollment Support
  • Positive Behavior Support (PBS)-Prevention
  • Positive Behavior Support (PBS)-Rewards

  • Intensive Services Schools (ISS)

    Intensive Services Schools (ISS) receive financial and programmatic support from LOSFA in an effort to collaboratively address school reform needs, building a college-going culture. An intensive service school generally has significant deficiencies in performance and documentation as a school with unsatisfactory performance ratings, lacking certain criteria set by a governing board (Board of Education). Characteristics of an intensive service school may include, but are not limited to: low graduation rates, low standardized test scores, high rate of low ACT/SAT composite and/or sub-scores, low rate of students qualifying for TOPS scholarships, low rate of students performing on grade level, a high rate graduates whose TOPS scholarships are cancelled, lack of parental support, high percentage of overage students, high rate of economically disadvantaged students (poverty), and low FAFSA completion rates. Services provided by LOSFA to intensive service schools include the following: college and career professional development for staff, financial aid workshops/activities for students and families, including FAFSA completion support, postsecondary field trips, postsecondary transition special events, TOPS scholarship workshops, college match and fit workshops, grade-specific college and career access workshops, credit recovery/tutoring/ACT support, and mentoring.

  • Concentrated Services Schools (CSS)

    Concentrated Services Schools (CSS) receive programmatic support from LOSFA in an effort to collaboratively build a college-going culture, but in some cases can receive financial support as indicated by the level of poverty. A concentrated service school may have some deficiencies. The deficiencies may not be in performance, but the school may have some documentation to demonstrate that minor assistance is warranted. Characteristics of a concentrated service school may include, but are not limited to: decline in graduation rates, decline in standardized test scores, decline in ACT/SAT composite and/or sub-scores, decline in students qualifying for TOPS scholarships, decline in students performing on grade level, a high rate graduates whose TOPS scholarships are cancelled, and low/decline in FAFSA completion rates. Services provided by LOSFA to concentrated service schools include the following: college and career professional development for staff, financial aid workshops/activities for students and families, postsecondary transition special events, college match and fit workshops, and grade-specific college and career access workshops.

  • Statewide Services Schools (SSS)

    Statewide Services Schools (SSS) include all Louisiana high schools that are neither Intensive or Concentrated services schools. These schools may request LOSFA speakers to conduct a wide-range of in-school seminars for students and parents including General Financial Aid, FAFSA, Louisiana State Scholarship and Grant programs, the START 529 College Saving program and Financial Literacy. LOSFA also has a College Knowledge program available and age-appropriate for middle school students.

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