The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) is due to be completed in early 2002. Supported by Microsoft and specialized education software developers, SIF creates standardized formats for programming language and data needs so that software written for K-12 education will work seamlessly within and across computer networks. Today, more than 100 companies, state education agencies, and education associations are coordinating activities under the SIF umbrella.

SIF pioneers have designated nine areas of initial focus: student information, curriculum, food service, gradebooks, human resources and financial information, library service, data warehousing and reporting, transportation service, and "customer involvement

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