Education Technology Vendors

Advance Education and Your Business Through Data Interoperability

Investing in interoperability today is investing in your business’ success tomorrow – and beyond. By adopting both the Ed-Fi API and Data Standard, you not only enable educators to better serve their students with interoperable technology – you open your business to new market opportunities.

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Answer the Call for Interoperability

More and more school districts and state agencies are requiring technology systems to be interoperable. Meet this demand as a certified Ed-Fi Partner.

Raise the Value of Your Data

When your technology works together with other systems to provide richer, more comprehensive student insights, its value to a school district gets an immediate boost.

Reduce Custom Integration Requests

With Ed-Fi’s Data Standard and APIs, you can deploy your products faster, replicate solutions at scale, and minimize unique integrations.

The Data Problems We Solve: Collection, Integration, Interface

Ed-Fi allows for uniform data collection, enables multiple system integrations, and promotes the use of district- and agency-owned interfaces. Through the Ed-Fi API and operational data store (ODS), we help state, local and higher education agencies collect and centralize data – and achieve their larger data vision.

Ed-Fi API

Offers a developer-friendly interface to create, read, and update data stored in any system, including the Ed-Fi ODS.

Ed-Fi ODS

Allows school districts to store information from multiple systems in a central location.

Ed-Fi Data Standard

Enables users to uniformly collect, manage, and organize data so multiple systems can seamlessly share information.

Education Agencies Trust Ed-Fi

  • School Districts will either install open-source Ed-Fi ODS/API software on their own network or work with an Ed-Fi managed provider to host the software for them. In some cases, Collaboratives – organizations that provide services to a group of districts on their own networks or via cloud – will also offer the Ed-Fi ODS/API software as part of their services.

  • State Education Agencies install the Ed-Fi ODS/API software on their own servers and in their own data center, or utilize public cloud services (Azure, AWS, Google Cloud). Most common use case: State reporting.

Send, Retrieve, Manage: How Vendors Use Ed-Fi

Ultimately, vendors will get one of three fundamental data requests from a state or district: to send, retrieve, or manage data – it’s as simple as that.

Sending Data

Districts or states may approach your company to send the data they need from your system to their installation of the Ed-Fi ODS/API. To that end, ensuring the data you’re sending is interoperable with your customer’s data is crucial for success - for both organizations.

Retrieving Data

Data from multiple sources are often sent to a district or state’s Ed-Fi ODS/API installation. In order for this disparate data to be unified, useful, and utilized, your customers may ask you to retrieve data from their installation to ensure it can be used to its maximum potential and value.

Managing Data

If you already offer Ed-Fi interoperability as a solution, you may be asked to manage both the incoming and outgoing data within a customer’s infrastructure, helping to build, maintain, and update it on an on-going basis.

Ed-Fi + Vendor Partnerships: The Data Interoperability Ecosystem

Integrates with Ed-Fi to provide student information for state reporting and to power district analytics. Student Information Systems may also receive information from other data systems via the Ed-Fi API.

Key Benefits

  • Meet state reporting requirements in a cost-effective manner
  • Integrate with education agency systems safely and securely
  • Reduce the cost of integration through providing data in a standardized format

Integrates with Ed-Fi to report assessment results, which can be aggregated with data from other systems for reporting and analytics or retrieval by other district systems; can also obtain roster data from the Ed-Fi API.

Key Benefits

  • Deliver assessment results to educators in a safe, secure, and timely manner
  • Help educators and parents support students by ensuring quality data is available, accessible, and interoperable across systems
  • Keep up with student roster changes in real time to better serve learners
  • Reduce the cost of integrations through providing data in a standardized format

Integrates with Ed-Fi to provide student engagement and participation data; can also obtain roster data from the Ed-Fi API.

Key Benefits

  • Help educators and parents support students by ensuring quality data is available, accessible, and interoperable across systems
  • Keep up with student roster changes in real time to better serve learners
  • Reduce the cost of integrations through providing data in a standardized format

Integrates with Ed-Fi to access accurate, reliable, and consolidated data to power analytics offerings and district-level reporting.

Key Benefits

  • Access state, district, and student-level data in a safe and secure manner
  • Keep up with student roster changes in real time to better serve learners
  • Reduce the cost of integrations through providing data in a standardized format

Hosts and manages the Ed-Fi solution on behalf of education agencies, and differentiates offerings through providing value-add services.

Key Benefits

  • Gain access to Ed-Fi’s open source solution that’s optimized for managed hosting
  • Provide differentiated products and services such as analytics solutions and platform management to work in tandem with the Ed-Fi solution

Cloud Providers (e.g., Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure) offer state-of-the-art tools and services to education agencies.

Key Benefits

  • Offer the best of both worlds for customers: data storage, and structured, normalized data through Ed-Fi, and data lakes
  • Improve bottom line by hosting mission-critical education data workloads on a modern cloud infrastructure, effectively helping customers upgrade legacy services
  • Help education agencies optimize use of advanced data techniques and tools

Ed-tech products that don’t fit into a specific Ed-Fi partner category can still integrate with Ed-Fi to send and/or receive data securely, and integrate into education agency infrastructures in a standardized manner.

Key Benefits

  • Access state, district, and student-level data in a safe and secure manner
  • Keep up with student roster changes in real time to better serve students
  • Reduce the cost of integrations through providing data in a standardized format

Get Started with Ed-Fi

Solving education’s biggest challenges is a journey – and every vendor’s journey is unique. Below is a brief overview of how you can harness Ed-Fi to help address the industry’s most pressing pain points.

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Read Our Solution Guides

Lead your customers to success. Check out our Solution Guides to help customers power any Ed-Fi Starter Kit.

Chart Your Course

Figure out which Use Case you can solve with data to help your customers.

Start Using Ed-Fi

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A Pathway to Partnership and Community Engagement

Whether you’ve found Ed-Fi to provide interoperable data for customers, support districts, or help grow your market opportunity, we’re happy you’re here – and we’re here to help. Click on any of our Solution Guides for a step-by-step guide to help your customers succeed with Ed-Fi.

Populate your solution with roster information from an Ed-Fi ODS / API.

General

Enable customers to combine assessment data from multiple measures and sources in one interface to gain a comprehensive view of learner progress.

School Districts

Empower your customers to identify trends and intervene earlier with accurate, real-time attendance data.

School Districts

Provide the data your customers need to identify gaps in their students’ access and participation in their daily learning.

School Districts

Make it easier for your customers to use online learning participation and engagement data to support learner success.

School Districts

  • Get Ed-Fi Certified
    Ed-Fi’s certifications product developers to demonstrate a product’s adherence to Ed-Fi’s high standards and guidelines.

  • Ed-Fi Badge Program
    Enables product developers to demonstrate support for Ed-Fi standards and technology, particularly in areas not yet covered by an Ed-Fi Certification.

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Private: Cesare Tise

Manager, Strategic Partnerships