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DASL Process Made “Easy”


Each year, the AIMS member schools complete the annual statistics collection process. Since 2017, this information has been submitted using the NAIS/DASL online survey tool.  Outlined below are a few easy steps to help you prepare for this process at your school.


Step one:  PLANNING the HOW and WHO.                                                                           

How will data collection be handled at your school and who are the responsible parties?

  • This step will allow communication from NAIS and AIMS to be funneled to the appropriate staff at your school who are completing the DASL collection process. 
  • NAIS handles the permissions for logins to the DASL collection site. 
  • If you have new staff at your school who will be completing data entry or reporting, please have the Head of School contact NAIS to request the log-in credentials. 


Step two:  START the data entry process early!                                                                 


General DASL data or data collected from previous year information can be entered during the summer, while data that requires final fall numbers can be entered in September/October (see suggested calendar below).  Starting the DASL process in the summer allows time to review the core questions, data definitions, any new data elements, training videos and “how-to” guides.

  • DASL data entry for 2020-21 opens on June 11, 2020.
  • Data entry closes on October 15, 2020 and “scrubbing” (data verification) begins.
  • New data is released for reporting needs on November 11, 2020.
  • Data entry procedures and video instructions are available at the NAIS/DASL website (see Help?) and the links are also listed below.


Step three:  REVIEW data carefully to ensure all data elements are completed!


100% DASL participation in data entry completion/integrity will provide robust and useful reports for individual AIMS schools and the AIMS community as a whole!

  • Monitor the process of the data collection of each segment using the tools on the DASL site.
  • Take the time in October to review and “scrub” the data for completion and accuracy.    



RESOURCES and Contacts


DASL survey & reporting/user guidelines  

Contact numbers (DASL assistance)                   NAIS  202-973-9700/ AIMS 410-761-3700



DASL data entry guidelines 2020

       one page quick guide PDF

DASL data entry video instructions

DASL Core data definitions

DASL suggested data entry calendar



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