While educators rely on a wide range of technologies, their primary focus and strength is teaching. Having data systems that work together seamlessly supports them in their efforts and helps drive innovation.
The SIF (Schools Interoperability Framework) Association is working to make this happen. SIF, whose members include software vendors as well as federal, state and local educators, has been defining specifications for efficient, accurate and automatic data movement between applications.
Enhancing interoperability options between assessment management systems is an important part of this. Questionmark’s CEO, Eric Shepherd, wrote about this aspect of SIF’s work in a recent post on his own blog. He drills down into the processes involved in six key data-consuming/generating activities within the life cycle and how they relate to each other:
- Content Development
- Pre-Test Administration
- Test Administration
- Post-Test Administration