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1 Laurie Collins - SIFA project strategist Chris Letterman – EED SIF from 30,000 feet

2 Non-profit membership organization comprised of: –K-12 technology companies –Regional service agencies –Schools & districts –US and State Departments of Education –Other educational organizations Jointly building the XML Specifications to enable K-12 software applications to share data quickly, dynamically and securely. Dedicated to providing educators with secure, appropriate access to the most current and accurate data available to support decision making. Schools Interoperability Framework Association

3 –A technical blueprint enabling diverse pK-12 software applications to interact and share data seamlessly –Designed by pK-12 technology providers and educators –Platform Independent/Vendor Neutral Open standards (XML, TCP/IP, HTTP / HTTPS) Published specification –Leverages Existing Standards NCES Data Handbooks –Works cross-platform, over a Web-based interface –Allows automated reporting The SIF Specification: A Quick Definition

4 25,483 Total Responses – approx. 7,000 school districts and 18,600 schools represented 5,597 School Tech Coordinators at School level and 4,446 District Tech Coordinators responded as being UNAWARE of SIF 9,612 School Principals and 2,167 District Supers responded as being UNAWARE of SIF What is the source of this data?source What does it mean going forward? Nationwide SIF Survey Results

5 US Depart of Education National Ed Tech Plan Migrant Education Student Data Exchange Child Nutrition Act Re-Authorization Bill of 04 NCES State Longitudinal Data Grants Program Legislative - Implementations - Membership Data Leadership Summit NCES Data Model Work SIFA Usage / Activity Update

6 Over 330 members – new added each week Utilized to serve over 4 million students in 43 states Legislatively mandated in 1 state – 4 in progress Required/suggested by USED, USDA, NCES, states and schools in dozens current/planned RFPs Currently 72 certified applications 55 at version 1.5 17 at version 1.1 SIFA Status Update

7 What is Data Driven Decision Making? To: StudentsHow am I doing? EducatorsHow are they doing? AdministratorsHow are we doing? State/FederalWhere are we? Policy MakersWhat needs addressing? ParentsHow is he/she doing? StakeholdersWhat is the impact?

8 SIS Network Accounts Cafeteria Library Transportation Traditional School Setup The situation in many schools and school systems is that there are a series of software applications which all may require the same data, but which have no way to talk to each other. It may be possible for one or two applications to share data through proprietary methods, but open, dynamic and synchronized data sharing does not occur. ? ? ? ? ?

9 Horizontal Questions Data Warehousing K12 Data Model Food Service Grade Book HR / Finance Library SIS Transportation Instructional Services Voice Telephony Accountability, Reporting, Planning, etc…


11 SIF Components Working Together - Horizontally Network Account H.R. & Finance Data Analysis & Reporting Instructional Services Library Automation Student Information Services Grade Book Food Services –Zone Integration Server (ZIS) –SIF Agents –Applications –SIF Data Objects The SIF ZONE

12 SIF School Benefits Teachers –Real-time access to critical information –Better data analysis –Teachers time better spent Students & Parents –Improved timeliness of service –Accurate School Data –Increased Efficiency IT Departments –Reduced support costs –Reduced time needed to manage multiple data sources –Save money using existing systems and infrastructure Administrators –Increased Efficiency –Reduced redundancy and errors –Reduced compatibility issues Efficiency, Accuracy, Cost Savings

13 Local Return on Investment New Student Registering for Enrollment into: *Student Information System*Directory Service Application *ID Card System*Library Automation System *Cafeteria Management System*Transportation System Typical School SIF School - 45 minute task- 4 minute task - 10 times data entered- 1 time data entry 45 minutes/student X 18,000 students= 6 FTEs! 1/10 th the Time – 1/10 th the Risk

14 What would your priority be with SIF? a. Real-time data movement? b. Cleaner data? c. Data synchronization between systems? d. Ease of state reporting?

15 Typical Horizontal SIF Implementation SIS Cafe Library Transportation ZIS agent District data warehouse or data repository

16 Vertical Reporting Implementation District/State State/Federal 1.5 …Phase IV of the Unity Project…

17 State Data Warehouse District E District F District A District B District C District D IU or Regional Center State ZIS …A hybrid vertical implementation a mix of locally placed ZIS and Regional ZIS…

18 SIF Implementations

19 SIF State Activity Updates Numerous States Members and statewide activities –Delaware – state data collection project –Wyoming – statewide implementation; state data collection –Oklahoma – districts required to have SIF Certified software by 05-06; state data collection and implementation of their vertical SIF project –Idaho – 4 core applications statewide linked by SIF, plus link local applications via SIF –Utah – state SIS to have SIF Compliant agent –Nevada – allow SIF to feed local data repositories –South Dakota – using SIF to move data locally and vertically –South Carolina – All districts have a horizontal SIF implementation to assign unique statewide student IDs –Pennsylvania – first to pilot state data collection; purchased IU memberships work on state SIF project –Virginia – successful pilots; roll out of statewide SIF implementations in progress. –Tennessee – Rolling out is SIF pilot part of their longitudinal data grant –Ohio – Working on their SIF vertical reporting project

20 When a new student is enrolled: Data is inputted locally in the various 10 Student Information Systems Data is then collected at the 10 regional data acquisition sites across the state to the state Zone to the ZIS Server State then either: 1.Sends a unique student identifier to the district (Phase I) 2.Utilizes data to populate aggregate reporting database at the state level (Phase II – Student Information/Finance/Special Ed/Food Service Systems) 3.Allows for tools to be used at the state level for schools to utilize their own local data (Phase III – including Transportation/Human Resource Systems) The Wyoming Legislature, responding to complaints about data burden from school districts, was contemplating requiring a single state solution to impose on districts. State data needs are small compared to the needs of local schools and districts. It is the local users, therefore, that should be determining the features and functionality of their software, not the state. SIFs modular design allows for future maintenance and updates without impacting or upsetting other components. SIF is a flexible solution that promotes competition among vendors -- keeping applications feature rich and prices down. The modular nature also means districts are not locked into a particular vendor. This keeps vendors on their toes and customers satisfied. Steve King – Wyoming Dept of Ed. SIF State Success Story: Wyoming Department of Education

21 WY DOE Investments Hardware Zone Integration Server and Software - Data Router / Access Control –Software pricing based on state requirements or on enrollment counts Estimated Costs: $5,000 per unit to purchase new hardware Software pricing varies by vendor for state purchases SIF Agent Software Pricing – –Development of SIF Agent for existing applications by State IT Dept –Development of SIF Agent Outsourced to a third party vendor Estimated Purchase Price: varies by application complexity and State requirements Staff Time Installation – –Varies by staffs technical capabilities and applications involved –Maybe Outsourced to SIF Integration Specialists Estimated Costs: varied by installation configurations * Every installation can be unique

22 SIF State Benefits Policy Makers –Real-time access to information –Better data analysis –Allow best of breed choices –State dollar savings Students & Parents –Personalized Student Content –Improved timeliness of service –Accurate School Data –Increased Efficiency IT Departments –Reduced support costs –Reduced time needed to manage multiple data sources –Save money using existing systems and infrastructure State Administrators –Increased Efficiency –Reduced reporting burdens –Reduced redundancy and errors –Reduced compatibility issues Efficiency, Accuracy, Cost Savings

23 SIF Next Steps... SLDS (Statewide Longitudinal Data System) Grant – funding the SIF phase [2008] of the Unity Project Alaskas SIF membership will include all the school districts Education, education, education – SIF holds quarterly association meetings, has online community of practice – virtual work, planning, issue resolution; SIF U – online SIF training for SIF Membership Participate!

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