The Access 4 Learning® (A4L) Community, is proud to announce the latest release of the ‘new’ Unity Specification which provides EDFacts and xPress Roster mappings to address school needs and build towards allowing states and vendors to implement the US Department of Education’s Common Education Data Standards (CEDS).
The Community’s new focus on “connecting and securing effective learning ecosystems” begins with this release and will continue as we ensure interoperability is aligned with privacy effective practices to best support end users and marketplace
providers in their distinct data stewardship roles. The Unity Specification was built by our volunteer members developed using open, non-proprietary and transparent processes. It contains the most comprehensive K12 data model
and modern, internationally used transport technologies to securely move the data to provide it to the right person at the right time in the right way under local data privacy control. The ‘Unity’ infrastructure has increased
performance and security on the wire, ease of usage, and scales for the widest educational focused interoperability by any technical standard - with or without the need for middleware!
Membership Driven Long Term Path for Specifications
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:Unity Adoption Guidebook is designed to help
from concept to integration plan, API design all the way to development. The SIF Data Model: Comparison spread sheet has been developed to help you quickly identify differences in Specification releases.
Builds upon the ongoing Community directive to be “CEDS Aligned”
2833 Unity fields currently mapped to CEDS
96 EDFacts Elements Added
xPress Roster CEDS Mapping updated
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:EDFacts Mapping document available to align your
SLDS to federal reporting requirements & improve business processes within the marketplace.
Modular API Design
Most robust rostering standard in marketplace
45+ vendors utilizing it now
Compliments (and works well with) the Unity Data Model… you can start with xPress Roster and scale up!
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION: xPress Roster Mapping document helps map across
various rostering standards, and across different objects within a SIF Specification.
Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
First (and only) standardized API for IEPs
Two extensively detailed objects
Ready for ‘in District’ use and
Superset of state IEP plans
Parental permissions are ubiquitous
Measurable objectives account for wide variation
Standards references can be included
Personal goals and understandings are included
Placement, least restrictive environment, amendments, etc.
TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION: Visit the xPressAPI website
Global SIF Infrastructure
Build on REST
Java & .NET frameworks available
Designed for the cloud
Performance is ‘real’ (ask MA!)
SIF integrators ready today with products and services to help
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:Unity Adoption Guidebookis designed
to help from concept to integration plan, API design all the way to development.
Automate Contract Clause Expectations Exchange and Vendor Verification
The “POD” (Privacy Obligation Document)
Enabled in global SIF Infrastructure
Built in privacy support, based on GDPR and Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) needs