Let’s unlock powerful insights for your teachers and learners. Whether you work for a school district, collaborative, charter system, or any type of local education organization, Ed-Fi is the key to organizing, securing, and connecting your student data.
“Ed-Fi is a game-changer for us in terms of having data flow between applications—and allowing those who are closest to students to pick the products that are best for them.”
– Monica Hogan, Director of Analytics, Boston Public Schools
Set Your Goal
What is the main challenge your students face today? What about your teachers? Your IT team? Chances are, you’d be far better equipped to solve these challenges with timely, standardized, high-quality data at your fingertips. Your organization can solve myriad challenges by standardizing your student data and connecting data systems.
Right now, your peers nationwide are using Ed-Fi to tackle high-impact issue areas, including:
- Accountability and State/Federal Reporting
- At-Risk Learner Support
- Chronic Absenteeism
- College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR)
- Dropout Prevention
- Graduation Rates
- Leadership Development
- Parent & Student Engagement
- Student Equity
- Talent Management
The beauty of Ed-Fi for school districts and local education agencies is that it can help you solve all of these challenges (and more). The Ed-Fi Data Standard, Operational Data Store (ODS), and supporting APIs can help you to untangle your data and surface accurate, 360-degree views of your students. This allows teachers and administrators to identify student progress and needs—both individually and at scale.
It’s best to start by identifying one key challenge you want to solve with Ed-Fi. We call this a “quick win.” Then, you can (and should) continue to build out your implementation.
Get Plugged In
Ed-Fi operates much like an open-source community. Through our community-led governance structure, we solicit honest feedback from the field that informs our technical and strategic direction. This collaborative approach is so successful because of the Ed-Fi Community, a nationwide group of highly engaged education technology leaders like you.
You can join the Ed-Fi Community through our events and webinars, e-newsletters, workgroups, the TechDocs portal, and our Slack channels. The best part of the Ed-Fi Community? Everyone is willing to offer helpful guidance and lessons learned from their own implementation journeys.
While members of your tech team are the ones who will benefit most from creating an Ed-Fi Community Account— which grants access to our technical training, strategic roadmaps, and other resources—we also produce events and content for educators, administrators, and business leaders. We believe the whole sector should be conversing about student data and advocating for interoperability.
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Follow the Local Education Agency Playbook
When you’re ready to start planning your Ed-Fi implementation, which includes defining your team and data governance framework, you’ll want to get familiar with our primary training resource for local education agencies: the Implementation Playbook. This is a step-by-step guide that will walk you through the phases of adopting and implementing Ed-Fi, including:
This playbook provides an overview of our technology, tips to define your unique Ed-Fi use case, the most effective approaches when working with Ed-Fi, how to tackle Ed-Fi with your technology providers, and more.
Note: An Ed-Fi Community Account is required to view this guide. Once you’re logged in and reviewing the playbook, you’ll see that there’s a lot to consider when building your interoperability strategy. Fear not! There are hundreds of school districts, charters, and collaboratives that have successfully operationalized Ed-Fi and you can too.
Continue to Build
It’s best to think of interoperability as a journey. You can achieve some powerful “quick wins” for your organization in weeks or months, which is a great starting point to demonstrate the value of Ed-Fi. Then, it’s a matter of mapping out improvements that match your available resources. Our team and passionate community are here to provide ideas, guidance, and frameworks to help you succeed.
Need more info? Contact us anytime and we’ll connect you with the local education team.