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Leading State Education Agencies Back New Data Standard that Can Deliver Comprehensive Student Information to Every Teacher across US

AUSTIN, Texas July 19, 2011 $150 million in investments Ed-Fi data standard

open period for review August 2011

Release of the Ed-Fi standard enables state and local education agencies to give educators more effective tools to understand and respond to the unique needs of each and every student. It also enables states and districts to easily cost-effectively adjust to continually evolving compliance requirements. The standard is currently being implemented by five states, covering 510,500 teachers and 7.4 million students.

Michael Dell

Developed with funding from the Dell family foundation and input from teachers, school-district and charter-management-organization leaders, local and state education agency officials, and vendors nationwide, Ed-Fi helps improve student achievement by extracting student information from a variety of sources, and by then standardizing and integrating the student-level data into Web-based dashboards, reports and other applications that are (with the right permissions) accessible to educators and other parties on demand.

The standard does not replace existing education data or information systems, nor does it supplant existing data standards; it enables them to work together to give educators nationwide what they need: holistic portraits of students that are detailed, easy to understand and up-to-date at any given moment. Moreover, Ed-Fi addresses a long-standing challenge to meaningful systemic improvement in schools nationwide:  The multiple and often non-interoperable information systems used by schools, districts and states.

Michael Dell

Colorado Delaware Louisiana Tennessee Texas

Colorado Robert Hammond Colorado

Delaware Lillian Lowery

Ollie Tyler

Tennessee Kevin Huffman Tennessee

Ed-Fi fills the persistent need in the education sector to harness the power of data already collected in school districts and states. Key unique features of Ed-Fi include:

  • Focus on student performance.
  • Actionable intelligence.
  • K-12 focus.
  • Vendor neutrality.
  • Transparent governance.
  • Flexibility.
  • Support for vertical reporting.
  • Ease of implementation.

The Ed-Fi solution aligns with the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) and shares some characteristics with other established and emerging educational standards. Using Ed-Fi enables states to implement CEDS in a practical, sustainable manner and supports the teacher- and student-centric purpose that Ed-Fi embodies.  

Rather than replacing other standards, Ed-Fi complements and enhances them, first, by sharing disparate data and translating it into element-level detail, and second, by offering broad coverage at the school, district or state level. This interoperability enables Ed-Fi to coexist among systems that states have already implemented, and enables states to build on prior investments in existing IT systems and processes.

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In the coming months, the Ed-Fi Alliance will be formed to govern the strategic direction and evolution of Ed-Fi and maintain its focus on serving the public good as a high quality, free resource.  Membership of the Ed-Fi Alliance will be made up of adopting state and local education agencies.

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Quotes from Supporters

Paul Pastorek Louisiana

–Tom Luce, CEO, National Math Science Initiative, former Assistant Secretary US Department of Education

About Ed-Fi

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About the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Austin, TX Cape Town, South Africa New Delhi, India $750 million

Ed-Fi initiative

SOURCE Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

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