February 19, 2007-This past week was a great week for the standardization of K-12 and post-secondary data systems. The announced agreement between the Post Secondary Education Standards Council (PESC) and the Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA) to generate standards and specifications to enable interoperability among education software solutions should dramatically advance the movement of seamless data exchange from high schools to community colleges and colleges. ConnectEdu applauds this initiative on behalf of students. We are committed to working with high schools that utilize the SIF standard.
Today, ConnectEdu is seamlessly extracting data from numerous high school SIS platforms and translating data into the PESC standard for delivery to post-secondary institutions. As SIFA gains traction amongst high schools, it will provide our partner high schools a more streamlined integration with the Connect! platform relative to the way in which we currently extract/exchange data with high schools.
In fact, we are actively soliciting partner high schools that would like to develop a secure data exchange process using our Connect! platform and the SIF standard. In the meantime, we’ll continue to securely extract and share data with our high school partners in the formats that they desire. We’ll keep you posted as our partners join us in this standards movement.