Contacts: Caroline Kazmierski
Ed-Fi Alliance
(512) 413-8694

Both Ed-Fi Community leaders have achieved the Ed-Fi Managed ODS / API Platform Badge which allows education organizations to quickly deploy the Ed-Fi Technology Suite regardless of size or in-house technical expertise

July 21, 2020 – AUSTIN, Texas – Ed-Fi Alliance, a non-profit, dedicated to empowering a community of educators with real-time, comprehensive student data, today announced that both Certica Solutions’ Videri + Data Connect platform and InnnovateEDU’s Landing Zone solution have achieved the Ed-Fi Managed ODS / API Platform Badge.  This badge is earned by solution providers that have developed a robust Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering which adheres to Ed-Fi’s rigorous quality, availability, and transparency standards. For education agencies looking to modernize their data management infrastructure, these offerings provide a valuable option to have a partner manage, maintain, upgrade and support a school district or states’ Ed-Fi implementation on a cloud platform through a subscription model.

“The importance of this type of solution cannot be overstated. We know that school districts and states that implement a modern data management infrastructure based on interoperability standards are better able to serve their educators, students and parents, especially at this critical time. Now, a district or state of any size, any budget, any expertise level can reap the benefits of connected data to support the educators and students they serve,” said Cesare Tise, manager, strategic partnerships, Ed-Fi Alliance. “Both Certica Solutions and InnovateEDU have paved the way to unlocking the promise of data interoperability for the people that need it most.”

The Ed-Fi Badging program enables education technology vendors to demonstrate that they have adopted elements of the Ed-Fi Technology Suite to serve the needs of districts and state education agencies who are using Ed-Fi Technologies to tackle their data challenges. Four new badges were added to Ed-Fi’s Partner Program in June 2020. These include: API Consumer, API Provider, ODS Platform Consumer, and Managed ODS / API Platform. The Managed ODS / API Platform Badge is intended to recognize partners who provide a SaaS offering that gives education agencies, without the desire or capability to dedicate substantial technical resources, a cost-effective option to have the best-in-class data and reporting infrastructure that utilizes the Ed-Fi Technology Suite.

State and Local Education Agencies that are considering how to get started with Ed-Fi can rest assured that vendors that have earned any Ed-Fi Badge can help them achieve an accurate, effective and successful Ed-Fi implementation.

About InnovateEDU’s Landing Zone Platform

Landing Zone is honored to be one of the first recipients of Ed-Fi’s newly minted Managed ODS / API Platform Badge. We believe that districts deserve a best in class data infrastructure that puts student data privacy and security at the forefront. Landing Zone leverages the Ed-Fi Data Standard to connect the data that matters most to a district and through that enables educators to gain a view into the whole student. It is our belief that districts should own their data infrastructure.  Given this commitment, we are proud to build 100% of the Landing Zone solution in the district’s Google Cloud environment.

About Certica Solutions

Certica is a long-standing supporter of the Ed-Fi vision of true application interoperability for education technology.  Earning the Managed ODS / API Platform badge is an additional way for us to demonstrate our commitment to helping educators positively impact student outcomes with measurement and insights that are actionable and accessible. Certica’s Videri analytics product leverages data integrated into the Ed-Fi ODS from multiple data sources to produce real-time and comprehensive cross-district analytics.  By using Certica’s Data Connect product, a fully hosted and managed interoperability platform based on Ed-Fi, as its core data integration infrastructure, Videri provides a sustainable approach to providing educators a ”whole child” view for each student, including assessment performance, grades attendance, behavior and social and emotional well-being. We are proud to have earned the Badge for Managed ODS / API Platform and are committed to continuing our Ed-Fi support.

Learn about the Ed-Fi Managed ODS / API Platform Badge requirements here. Learn more about the Ed-Fi Partner Program here. Requirements and a registry for Ed-Fi Certifications can be found here; and for the new Ed-Fi badging program here. Watermarked Bade-ODS/API Managed


About the Ed-Fi Alliance

The Ed-Fi Alliance is a nationwide community of leading educators, technologists, and data advocates connecting student data systems in order to transform education. A not-for-profit organization founded in 2012, by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Ed-Fi aims to boost student achievement by empowering educators with real-time, comprehensive insight into every student.

Ed-Fi technologies streamline data management in school districts and states across the country. By allowing schools to integrate data previously siloed within disconnected tools and software—and organizing it through a single, secure data standard —Ed-Fi solves one of the country’s most perplexing educational challenges: how to get a complete, accurate view of individual student achievement, so that every student can receive the support they need when they need it most.

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