Ed-Fi Certification is part of the Ed-Fi Partner Program, which is currently running in pilot mode. If you have any questions regarding the Ed-Fi Partner program, please send those to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Ed-Fi Certification
Ed-Fi certifications allow product developers to demonstrate a product's fidelity to Ed-Fi standards and guidelines, and for purchasers or users to be confident that a product conforms to those same Ed-Fi standards and guidelines. The program's goal is to ensure that systems can inter-operate and exchange data using Ed-Fi standards and technology.
The Ed-Fi certification program was developed from the experience of many state education agencies in certifying Ed-Fi-compliant data exchanges for their enterprise systems. The Ed-Fi Alliance has built on that foundation to provide a certification that can be used across different agencies and organizations, alleviating the need for vendors to undergo multiple, overlapping local certifications.
How Certification Works for Agencies and Vendors
Education agencies or other organizations intending to use Ed-Fi standards in their enterprise to exchange data between systems should include requirements for Ed-Fi certification in procurement and related documents. Vendors offering certified products can likewise claim Ed-Fi certification when marketing products or responding to RFPs.
Note that the Ed-Fi Alliance has published a "Model RFP" in the Ed-Fi Exchange that may assist with procurement language.
Please note that the Ed-Fi Alliance certification program is new and so offers a limited selection of certifications (see section below) which may not cover all data exchange needs. The certification program will grow over time to include more data domains and systems.
Agencies and others evaluating products can use the registry of certified products to check for currently certified products. Certifications expire after one year and require that the organization which owns the product to be an active Ed-Fi Premier Partner, so please check with vendors individually if you have questions about if and when a particular product was certified.
The following certifications are available:
Ed-Fi Data Collection API: Student Information Systems for ODS API v2
This certification is designed for Student Information Systems (SIS) providing data to the non-bulk Ed-Fi Operational Data Store API interface definitions. The API resources covered include those most commonly managed by SIS systems, as demonstrated by field implementation work.
Full details can be found at Ed-Fi Student Information Systems API v2 Certification.
Ed-Fi Data Collection API: Student Information Systems for ODS Bulk API v2
This certification is designed for Student Information Systems (SIS) providing data to the bulk Ed-Fi Operational Data Store API interface definitions using Ed-Fi-compliant XML files and the bulk API definitions. The data domains covered include those most commonly managed by SIS systems, as demonstrated by field implementation work.
Full details can be found at Student Information Systems for ODS Bulk API v2 Certification.
How to Certify a Product
Certification requires that a product pass a series of technical tests designed to simulate real-world interoperability scenarios where data is exchanged between systems.
Certification is available only to Ed-Fi Partner Program Members, or organizations applying to become Partners. Organizations seeking to certify a product must be Ed-Fi Partners or be in the application process to become a Partner. Certifications last one year and require that the partner maintain status as an Ed-Fi Partner. Full process details are available below.
More information, including how to get started can be found at Certification Process.
Questions and Feedback
We will improve the certification program over time. We welcome your feedback and questions.
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