A highly touted solution that lets K-12 software programs from different manufacturers share student data without any retyping launched its long-awaited compliance program April 25. Supporters of the initiative say having a certification process in place will speed the solution's adoption by schools.

The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) is an open-standard specification that lets different K-12 software programs—such as student information systems and library automation software—connect through a central server and share information in a common computer language.

Software companies now can certify that their software applications conform to

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