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How Ed-Fi Support is Enabled in PowerSchool

The Integrated Data Exchange with Ed-Fi is installed automatically as part of state reporting releases. Data is securely transferred between PowerSchool and the State Ed-Fi systems using secure HTTP with each LEA receiving separate security credentials as specified by the State Education Agency (SEA). Transferred data must be formatted per the published Ed-Fi specification, an Application Programming Interface (API) based on Representational State Transfer (REST) to create, read, update, or delete information using the JSON data-interchange format and HTTP.

The Ed-Fi REST API is key to the Integrated Data Exchange with Ed-Fi. It provides the following services:

  • Download data including state code lists (Ed-Fi Descriptors) and education organizations as published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
  • Upload data on as as-needed basis
  • Publish data changes in near real time
  • Publish/Receive student transfer data
  • Process student transfer data
  • Report data quality issues

Note: State-specific setup and configuration is required to use Ed-Fi in PowerSchool. Refer to the Ed-Fi Getting Started Guide and the State Reporting Setup for further information. 

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