Comprehensive data technology is intended to improve school districts’ data submissions

data-edfiSkyward, a K-12 school administrative software provider, has broadened the use of the Ed-Fi Data Standard in a move that it hopes will dramatically improve data interoperability between districts and state agencies.

Unifying, standardizing and organizing data is a major challenge for many education agencies. Because each state agency typically creates its own regulations, SIS vendors are required to develop one-off approaches to meet the customization of local data-reporting requirements.

Due to the complexity associated with making these adjustments and supporting ongoing changes in data needs by the agencies, school districts generally also have to commit additional resources to maintain compliance.

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