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Introducing 'Unity'...




 The Unity interoperability blueprint...

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!




 "What Unity gives us is what it can only do when compared to other educational specifications; the ability to link interoperability with privacy controls for greater data control in my role as a student data steward."

Steve Smith, CIO
Cambridge Public Schools

...supports greater privacy and security controls including the work of the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC). designed to support API development and standardization. an implementation blueprint that works with other technical standards, to NOT replicate them, but let you take advantage of 'best of breed' standards (i.e. CEDS, PESC, LTI, Caliper, Ed-Fi). 

...allows you to expect that what you build today will be used tomorrow.

...allows for easy maturation to a more powerful infrastructure while keeping your data layer investments intact.

 Find out more >>


The new Specification – code named “Unity” – is built using 20 years of experience by our volunteer members developed using open, non-proprietary and transparent processes linked to a quality control Certification Program. It contains the most comprehensive K12 data model and modern 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 policies.

How does Unity stack up to other technical blueprints?
The interoperability blueprint with Student Data Privacy controls 'baked in'
Leverages SIF Specifications currently in use across all fifty states with large volumes of data being transferred daily

"With thousands of volunteer members using open, non-proprietary and transparent processes linked to a quality control Certification Program, the Unity release will move the needle for us in vendor relations, application integration and classroom decision-making enabling."

Rob Curtin 
MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

Builds upon the strength of the Student Data Privacy Consortium work representing more than 8,500 school districts with 32 million students across multiple countries
Volunteer collaborative development effort
The most comprehensive pK12 data model, the basis for CEDS work, and an internationally utilized modern infrastructure
Allows for wider usage of non-proprietary marketplace developer tools for easy migration, implementation, increased performance and greater data exchange



Unity Specification          SIF Infrastructure Specification 3.3           

Getting Started with Unity






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

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

  • Phone: +1.202.621.0547