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In addition to these Tutorials, please review our Fact Sheets, Publications, White Papers, Resources for Members and Technical Support documents.



About the A4L Community 

About the Access 4 Learning Community... a Community focused on enabling learning, not just data!

Enabling Educational success...

Is this what educational success could look like? ...Meet Joseph!

What is interoperability?

A short animation explaining 'What is Interoperability?'



Just The Facts: Data Usage

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.  Even with the short timeframe and limited response, the impact numbers depict the continued usage and growth of the SIF Specifications.  This quick presentation shows some of the survey results.

To accompany this animation, we also have: White Paper & Slide Deck


SIF Data Model Specification (North America) 2.8

Helping to bring hundreds of SIF 2 applications, supporting millions of students, a clear first step towards migrating an application from SIF 2 to SIF 3.


Introducing Unity...


Are you looking to...
> Deliver an effective digital learning ecosystem, providing choice and innovation?
> Provide evidence that leads to success by drawing from authoritative source data?
> Guarantee privacy and trust?

... then Unity is for you and your organization!



SIF 101

This training course is designed to help you understand the principles and capabilities of SIF.  First published: 2011.


SIF Specification (United States) 2.5 - a minor release with major benefits

This training course is designed to provide a quick overview of what SIF is and how the SIF Implementation Specification (United States) 2.5 is a huge step forward in enabling data identification, management, movement and utilization for states and schools across the country.  First published: 2011.



Technical Roadmap 2016-2017

The vision and mission of the A4L Community have not changed much since 1997 – we still collectively have work to do.  But just like education and learning, we have the opportunity to continue and expand on the great work of one of the world’s largest non-profit technical community dedicated to allowing schools to do what they do best – teach!



  • SIF Association (dba Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community)

  • PO Box 1024, New Albany, Ohio 43054-1024

  • Phone: +1.202.621.0547