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There is no other global community made up of educational policymakers, marketplace product and service providers and the customers they serve, collaborating daily to address real word learning information and resource issues.
There is no other global community made up of educational policymakers, marketplace product and service providers and the customers they serve, collaborating daily to address real word learning information and resource issues.

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A4L Community Formalizes Its Common Education Data Standards Technical Support

Washington, DC, 22 February 2017---The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community’s North American Management Board of Directors has approved the new Data Model SIF Specification Development Process. A major change in this policy and procedures draft is the formal acknowledgement reiterating A4L’s now three-year commitment to support and parallel development to NCES’s Common Education Data Standards (CEDS).

“The A4L Community has been a major contributor to the CEDS initiative since its inception including providing original data model framework, technical support and community engagement” states Peter Tamayo, OSPI Assistant Superintendent/CIO at State of Washington. “Since 2011 the Management Board has directed the Community to align the SIF Implementation Specification development with CEDS maturation. This draft officially acknowledges this aligned development and is now a formal part of our policies and procedures for schools, states, and marketplace providers.”

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... and the website is now LIVE - thanks to everyone involved in this launch/redesign!

Members should receive an email soon with instructions on how to log in to the new site, we are still working on some of the content pages and collaboration areas.

Excited to finally get to use these new tools!

The countdown has begun...

As mentioned in our Quarterly Newsletters and Member Updates over the past few months, we have been working to update our Community's online presence, and are delighted to provide advance notice that we will be 'going live' with a new website and collaboration area next week!

Website visitors may experience outages early next week (w/c Feb 20) while we get everything sorted and switched over, please bear with us...

Members will be sent further instructions and their new login credentials as soon as the new site is available.

Any queries, please contact us.

#A4Ledu #education #edtech #standards

The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), hosted by the A4L Community, is proud to provide an update of activities and invite any interested partners to attend the SDPC Track at the upcoming A4L Annual Meetings in Santa Cruz CA on February 28th.

Kathleen Styles, US ED Chief Privacy Officer, will help kickoff the day highlighted by the California Privacy wording now being adopted by hundreds of districts throughout the state.  Come for great conversation, effective practice sharing AND a great Social Event.

For more information about the A4L Annual Meeting, please visit:

For more information about the Student Data Privacy Consortium, please visit:

#SDPCSocial #A4Ledu #privacy

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The Student Data Privacy Consortium welcomes Follett as its newest member!

The Student Data Privacy Consortium is proud to announce our newest member – Follett Corp. Follett partners with PreK-12 educators at every level, from the district down to the individual classroom. They support education by getting the right products, books, and technology in the hands of administrators, teachers, staff, and students.

The Student Data Privacy Consortium, facilitated by the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, is a collaborative with representatives from a diverse set learning organizations, governmental agencies, vendors and providers, focuses on operationalizing the complex and high-profile privacy and security issues surrounding safeguarding student data. The consortium is focused on providing tangible solutions to address operational issues schools and vendors experience every day. This work leverages other work going on by the cadre of organizations working in the student data privacy space but this work is tactical and focused on implementation.

To find out more, please visit:
#dataprivacy #SDPC

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Proud to announce a strategic partnership agreement with the K12 Federation “to collaborate with the objective of furthering the adoption and evolution of standards in the solution of education sector information technology challenges”.  This reciprocal membership agreement and strategic alliance will help support the both organization’s desire to support an expert community to share ideas, resources and innovate - for K12 by K12.​

"We are thrilled to form this partnership with K12 Federation." states A4L Community CEO/Exec Director, Larry Fruth II Ph.D.  "This is a great step forward in achieving the revised mandate from the A4L Community Board of Directors, which was to recognize strategic partnerships and help the marketplace utilize open standards, no matter where they originate.  We look forward to an exciting year ahead, which will benefit both organizations and their members!"

More information about the K12 Federation:

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The A4L Community Quarterly Newsletter is now available online ( or to download from the website (

Lots of great updates from the global Community including: Increased Ownership, Resources to Match?... by Larry Fruth II, Ph.D., Investing in our Community, Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC): supporting 'on the ground and tactical' work, A4L committed to supporting schools and state agencies in the effective usage of technical education standards... no matter where they originate, Overview: AU Community Day & Annual Meeting, NAPLAN, 2017 Annual Meeting: updated information, A4L responds to the Green Schools initiative for Energy Management, 2017 NA Elections: Nominations open!, and an update on the DfE Data Exchange project.

#education #technology #edtech #openstandards #interoperability #SIF

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The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, formerly the SIF Association is proud to announce the election results for the Australian Management and Australian Technical Boards for 2017. The Management Board brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in education, data management, technology and business acumen. As members of the Board, each individual will be assisting in providing strategic direction, management and oversight for the affairs of the A4L Community for Australia.

Congratulations to all elected members, looking forward to a great year ahead! -

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Some in the educational marketplace attempt to dismiss SIF utilization to promote their own work. To address this misinformation, the A4L Community recently developed and disseminated a brief usage survey, which was sent to marketplace providers and LEA/SEA data leaders. We think you'll agree, the results are very powerful!

Survey results indicate:
• SIF-Enabled applications are in place and operating in every US state - There are at least 12 statewide implementations utilizing SIF interoperability representing over 11 million students in 4,100 school districts with 810,000 teachers
• Non-statewide implementations utilizing SIF interoperability represents over 2.5 million students in 1,000 school districts
• The majority of applications utilizing SIF Specifications are using it for horizontal interoperability with more than one “connection” to another application
• Major application types using SIF Specifications include collaboration, course management, food service, grade book, human resource/finance, library, student information systems, transportation and special education applications.

To provide and accurate depiction of specification utilization and address inaccurate marketplace information, the A4L Community is proud to release the SIF Utilization Survey. This quick and concise overview of SIF implementation data points can be accessed numerous ways:

White Paper:

Slide Deck:

Video animation:

To read the full press release, please go to or

#education #educationtechnology #standards #specification #justthefacts #interoperability

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