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Information Services - Data Collection

SIF Weekly Update - January 24, 2014

Dear RTTT SIMS Contacts:

In the past couple of weeks the SIF Program has continued to bring more districts onto SIF (36 districts live as of today), while also pushing forward with certification testing on the remaining vendor agents. We look forward to these vendors completing their certification very soon so we can accelerate the rate of onboarding even more.

Many of you may have questions about SIF and the March SIMS collection. For the districts collected via SIF, DESE will take a "snapshot" of the SIMS data elements from SIF at close of business on March 1. This data will be available to you for review and manual error correction just as if you had submitted a file, and the rest of the certification process will proceed as usual.

We will be using SIF data for the March collection for districts that are live on SIF by February 14, 2014. This cutoff date will allow time for SIF districts to review the SIF reports and clean up data prior to the snapshot being taken. Support Specialists will be available to assist with the reports. Any districts that are brought onboard SIF after February 14 will need to submit SIMS files in the traditional manner.

Please see below for a status overview by SIS vendor:

  • Aptium / SchoolBrains, Computer Resources / MMS, and IMG / iPASS are fully certified for MA SIF, and Onboarding is in progress with multiple districts. All RTTT districts are scheduled or in progress. If you have questions about your status, please contact your Onboarding Team representative or Data Collections Support Specialist.

  • Rediker
    Certification Status: 40% Complete
    Onboarding Next Steps: EOE/ESE continues to work with Rediker to complete agent certification. Certification is expected to be complete by month-end. Once it is complete, we will provide more specific target start dates for onboarding each district.

  • Follett / Aspen
    Certification Status: 40% Complete
    Onboarding Next Steps: ESE continues to work with Follett to complete agent certification. Certification is expected to be complete by month-end. Kickoff sessions are in progress for RTTT districts. If you previously attended a kickoff meeting and have not completed your data validation worksheet, please return it to your Onboarding Team contact as soon as possible.

  • Pearson / PowerSchool
    Certification Status: 20% Complete
    Onboarding Next Steps: EOE/ESE continues to work with Pearson to complete agent certification. Certification is expected to be complete by month-end. Once it is complete, we will provide more specific target start dates for onboarding each district.

  • Other SIS Vendors
    EOE is working with several other vendors to certify SIF agents. If you are not sure of the status of your SIS vendor, and are interested in SIF, contact your Data Collections Support Specialist.

If you have other questions about the Massachusetts SIF program, please contact your Data Collections Support Specialist or your Onboarding Team representative. The next update will be on February 7, 2014.

Thank you and have a great weekend.


Robert Curtin
Director, Education Data Services
MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant St. Malden, MA 02148
(781) 338-3582



Last Updated: April 25, 2014
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