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Information Services - Data Collection

SIF Weekly Update - December 20, 2013

Dear RTTT SIMS Contacts:

I hope this email finds you well. For the past several months, the EOE/ESE has been working with SIF agent vendors to certify their software against the Massachusetts SIF Profile. It has required much more time than expected, but EOE is committed to completing this thorough certification process, to ensure that each vendor's SIF agent functions properly BEFORE it is rolled out to you and you are brought onboard to SIF. There have been many setbacks, but also a number of successes.

Five of the six major SIS vendors have successfully completed onboarding of at least one district to SIF production. The ESE and EOE require that a vendor have at least four districts in production with acceptable data quality before considering their SIF agent certified for Massachusetts. Two vendors have passed this milestone. Testing is in progress on the others, and we anticipate that it will be completed soon.

We look forward to working with you soon to complete your onboarding to SIF. Please see below for a status overview and next steps by SIS vendor:

  • Aptium / SchoolBrains
    Certification Status: Complete
    Onboarding Next Steps: The onboarding team is working with Aptium to enable SIF for their districts. If you have not completed your data validation worksheet, please do so as soon as possible, so we can move forward with onboarding. If you have not participated in a SIF Onboarding kickoff meeting, contact your Data Collections Support Specialist to find out when a session will be available.

  • Computer Resources / MMS
    Certification Status: Complete
    Onboarding Next Steps: The onboarding team is working with Computer Resources to enable SIF for their districts. If you have not completed your data validation worksheet, please do so as soon as possible, so we can move forward with onboarding. If you have not participated in a SIF Onboarding kickoff meeting, contact your Data Collections Support Specialist to find out when a session will be available.

  • IMG / iPASS
    Certification Status: 80% Complete
    Onboarding Next Steps: Certification is expected to be complete by January 1, 2014. Onboarding will commence with districts that have returned the validation worksheet. In the next couple of weeks we will provide more specific target start dates for each district. If you have not completed your data validation worksheet, please do so as soon as possible, so we can add you to the schedule.

  • Rediker
    Certification Status: 40% Complete
    Onboarding Next Steps: Certification is expected to be complete in mid-January, 2014. Once it is complete, onboarding will commence with the districts that have returned the validation worksheet. In early January we will be able to provide more specific target start dates for each district. If you have not completed your data validation worksheet, please do so as soon as possible, so we can add you to the schedule.

  • Follett / Aspen
    Certification Status: 40% Complete
    Onboarding Next Steps: Certification is expected to be complete by February 1, 2014. Once it is complete, onboarding will commence with the districts that have returned the validation worksheet. The onboarding team will conduct kickoff sessions for Follett districts in January and February. A schedule of sessions will be available soon.

  • Pearson / PowerSchool
    Certification Status: 20% Complete
    Onboarding Next Steps: Certification is expected to be complete by February 1, 2014. Once it is complete, onboarding will commence with the districts that have returned the validation worksheet. In early January we will be able to provide more specific target start dates for each district. If you have not completed your data validation worksheet, please do so as soon as possible, so we can add you to the schedule.

  • Other SIS Vendors
    The ESE/EOE is also working with some 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.

Happy Holidays!


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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