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The Latest Unity Specification Release Supports ‘Future-Proofing’ EcoSystems

-The Access 4 Learning ® (A4L) Community, more than 3,000 members strong, is proud to announce the latest release of the new Unity Specification which provides standardization of learning data, ranging from everything from classroom rostering to federal data reporting, while addressing privacy issues throughout the education data continuum.

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‘New’ Unity Specification release supports implementation of CEDS and State Reporting

-The Access 4 Learning® (A4L) Community, previously the SIF®  Association, is proud to announce the latest release  of the ‘new’ Unity Specification which provides EDFacts and xPress Roster mappings to address school needs and build towards allowing states and vendors to implement the US Department of Education’s Common Education Data Standards (CEDS).

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A4L Quarterly Newsletter, June 2020

Albert Einstein famously stated, “In the midst of every difficulty lies opportunity.”  While I am quite sure he did not intend this for a global pandemic, this restricted time has given many individuals, families and even organizations time to review ‘how they work’.  Recently, the North American Management Board of the Association held conversations around how to communicate our collective work more effectively, addressing the realities of interoperability and privacy.

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A4L Community delighted to welcome New Zealand and publish the inaugural SIF Specification (NZ)

The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community is delighted to announce New Zealand as our newest global community member.  The official recognition of this new Community comes after three years hard work developing the SIF Data Model Implementation Specification (New Zealand) 3.0, by a team of data architects from New Zealand’s government education agencies.

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Student Privacy and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that we educate kids by shifting their majority ‘brick and mortar’ setting to an online delivery model.  This shift has put huge new demands on school personnel, parents, technology providers and the learners themselves. 

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A4L Quarterly Newsletter, March 2020

The most important first item to note in this quarter’s newsletter is just that – stay safe!  It is a phrase many of us throw around during our normal meet-and-greets each day, but the current COVID-19 caution messaging and public responses has given the salutation a whole new meaning!

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