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Want to reduce time teachers spend entering data and allow them to teach?

How about anything from 15 minutes to 2 hours per day...


Nebo School District in Spanish Fork, Utah, like many thousands of schools across the globe, was struggling with manual data entry and managing grade information across multiple school application systems, and the issues that come with it…

Managing learning data and securely sharing it back to the student information system where it can be used to report grades and inform instruction is one of the biggest burdens for educators today. Teachers spend far too much time entering grades into multiple systems, and manual data entry just increases the risk of errors.


Nebo SD has a total enrolment over 31,000, with about 300 teachers and 800 students in their secondary schools using Canvas (as their learning management system) and Aspire (as their student management system).  They needed a solution to share grade data between these applications, as student numbers were growing every year, and double data entry and tracking/updating late assignments was getting ever more time consuming.

After working with Kimono, they now have a solution that is saving their teachers significant time and effort.  By utilizing SIF* and Kimono’s grade passback feature, Nebo teachers are able to pass grades from Canvas back to Aspire with a single click.


An average teacher is grading 5 assignments a week for an average of 3 classes with 30 students… that’s 450 scores per teacher per week!



There really isn't a way for the teacher to know that the grade changed and needs to be updated in Aspire, so having the grade automatically updated is perfect in most cases” states Cory Little, Instructional Technology Specialist, Nebo School District.


Kimono is seeing massive amounts of records being exchanged every second of the school day – an average of 133,000 assignments and about 2,400 grading requests per day.  The solution has also been able to handle several other complex use cases: cross-listings, 1-to-many and many-to-1 relationships, and weighted scores.



Teachers reported saving anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours per day using the grade passback feature.

$1 spent = $25 value in teacher time saved




About the SIF Specifications

The SIF Specifications have been developed since 1997 by members of the education community, ensuring that their requirements and needs are met when it comes to what data they need to exchange between software applications.  It is an open standard, meaning that it is freely available to anyone in the marketplace. 

The advantages of open standards to the end users – LEAs, SEAs and their learners – is that it reduces vendor ‘lock-in’.  Ideally, if every vendor used open standards to develop their software, customers would be free to could choose whatever ‘best of breed’ software solution that meets their requirements, NOT just the ones that integrate with their existing software applications.

Freedom of choice is in the hands of every customer – mandate open, SIF standards and you can choose the solution that is right for you!

Developers can build their software applications to conform to the SIF standard at little or no extra cost.  There are no licence fees attached to its use, nor does a vendor have to be a member of the A4L Community to utilize it. 



*SIF is a ‘technical blueprint’ designed to enable data exchange between disparate applications.  It is an open standard, developed by marketplace stakeholders – LEAs, SEAs, vendors.  It is not a proprietary solution and it is freely available from the website for any vendor to develop conforming products, enabling real-time, seamless interoperability.  For more information, please go to SIF Specification webpage.

About Kimono:
Kimono is a premium interoperability platform that connects the student information system with other applications. Through iPaaS, or integration platform as a service, Kimono helps districts, schools, and partners solve complex, evolving integration problems with solutions that improve the accuracy, accessibility, and privacy of student information. Kimono currently serves eight states, over 2000 districts, and more than 14 million students. Learn more at


This information was originally presented at NCES Forum, Washington DC on July 25, 2018. 
By publishing this information, the A4L Community does not endorse or recommend any specific product, but is merely promoting the use of the SIF Specifications and open standards.

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