With the strict accountability demands ushered in under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), schools have begun using technology to improve the way teachers monitor student performance, and states now require better reporting of student and school data. These trends have fueled an expansion of the SIF specification both horizontally and vertically: from administrative software such as transportation, food service, and student information systems, to instructional programs for teaching math and reading; and from a district-wide to a statewide solution.

"Many teachers are now outfitted with tools so they can more easily collect


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