School officials are one step closer to sharing student data between multiple software programs without any retyping, thanks to an industry-wide initiative that has been tested and found to work.

The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) is an open-standard specification that lets different software programs—such as student information systems and library automation software—connect through a central server and share information in a common computer language.

Driven by K-12 education technology providers, SIF—a division the Software and Information Industry Association—aims to save educators from repeatedly entering and updating student information. The goal

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