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This document is for technical professionals who work with educational data, and in particular, the creation of XML data files that conform to the Ed-Fi Data Standard. These XML data files are often exported from source data systems such as student information systems and assessment systems into Ed-Fi Standard Interchange Schema.


To gain the most benefit from this information, the reader should already be familiar with the following knowledge areas:


Ed-Fi adopters may need to run validation checks against Ed-Fi data exchange XML files that have been created according to the Ed-Fi Data Standard and Ed-Fi Standard Interchange Schemas. 

The following documentation describes how to run validation using Notepad++. This requires local copies of the Ed-Fi XML Core and Interchange Schema which can be downloaded from the Ed-Fi Alliance GitHub Ed-Fi-Standard repository.

For more information about the Ed-Fi data model and Ed-Fi Standard Interchange Schemas, see the Ed-Fi Unifying Data Model and Ed-Fi Interchange Schema Documentation available online at

Validate XML Using Notepad++

This section provides a step-by-step guide to validating Ed-Fi XML using Notepad++

Step 1: Install the Notepad++ XML Tools plugin.

Install Notepad++ using instructions available from : The version you install must have the Plugins Admin feature (the most recent version has this feature).

In Notepad++ go to the Plugins menu and select Plugins Admin. Find XML Tools in the list, check the box, and click the Install button.

Step 2: Download XML Schema Files

In the Ed-Fi Standard GitHub repo ( select the release tag of the version of the standard you want to validate against.  Within the Schemas/Bulk directory, locate the Interchange XSD and Ed-Fi-Core.xsd field. 

  • Download Ed-Fi-Core.xsd
  • Download the interchange XSD files you will need. For example, if you are validating a student enrollment XML, you will need Interchange-StudentEnrollment.xsd

Put these files into your working folder.

Step 3: Update the XML File Schema Location Path

Open the Ed-Fi XML file to validate in Notepad++. Before validating, you will need to update the schemaLocation path to match where you stored the Ed-Fi Interchange schema locally.

Replace the '../../../../XSLT2/References/Ed-Fi-Standard/Schemas/' portion of the schemaLocation with your local file path.

For example, if you saved the Ed-Fi schemas to your C drive and were validating an AssessmentMetadata XML file, your schemaLocation would appear as follows: 

xsi:schemaLocation=" C:/Ed-Fi-Standard/Schemas/Bulk/Interchange-AssessmentMetadata.xsd"

Step 4: Validate the XML File

Go to the Plugins menu → XML Tools → Validate Now. If validation is successful, you will see the following:

Otherwise, an Information window will appear with validation error messages.

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