The much-heralded Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF), an industry-led initiative to develop an open standard for ensuring that K-12 software applications work together, took a giant step closer to reality when pilot schools in Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Anoka-Hennepin, Minn., became the first in the nation to swap data seamlessly between applications from different vendors using the standard.

Representatives from the pilot schools and the participating companies were on hand at the National School Boards Association's annual Technology and Learning Conference in Dallas, Nov. 10-13 to share their experiences with attendees. During the conference, SIF's organizers also put out a...

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