Five EdTech Vendors Earn Project Unicorn Interoperability Certification

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Vendor Certifications Highlight The Interoperability Compliance Of EdTech Tools

InnovateEDU’s Project Unicorn announces five education technology products that have obtained the Project Unicorn Interoperability Certification this month. The certification signals that an edtech product prioritizes data interoperability, or the seamless, secure, and controlled exchange of usable data between applications. It also helps school districts and educators recognize vendors with a goal of better informing instruction and driving student-centered learning experiences.

The following five edtech products have been awarded the Project Unicorn Interoperability Certification:

“The Project Unicorn Vendor Certification helps school and district leaders ascertain where an edtech product is in its data interoperability journey. This information is critical for leaders selecting and implementing edtech products in their school systems,” states Erin Mote, Executive Director of InnovateEDU. “It helps them to choose edtech products that are best suited to their needs, allowing them to increase data capacity in their school systems and send a clear market signal that this product is poised to bring interoperability to their system.”

Project Unicorn interoperability certifications are featured on various product indexes, such as the Edsurge Product Index and LearnPlatform, allowing customers access to a wealth of edtech product information and to have the information about a product at a critical moment in their procurement considerations.

“At SPS K-12, we are committed to providing the best possible solutions for the K-12 community, and so we are proud to have achieved this certification, which demonstrates our dedication to standards and interoperability,” stated Keith Larson, CEO at Student Provisioning Services LLC. “We believe that improving our products by aligning with these goals will help us serve our customers better and make a difference in education across the country.”

"We know that interoperability isn't simply an end goal, but a journey and a process for districts and states. It takes time, dedication, and expertise," said Rosh Dhanawade, Director of Cloud Engineering and Interoperability at Education Analytics. "With our StartingBlocks product, we aim to provide hands-on guidance to education agencies seeking to start that journey, and receiving Project Unicorn's Vendor Certification helps demonstrate that we are a trusted interoperability partner."

Edtech vendors earning the Project Unicorn certification show a distinct commitment to data interoperability, developing products that help educators make crucial decisions backed by data.

"The flow of data between systems is critical to our mission of helping schools and their partners to engage with families,” remarked Nina Barraclough, Head of Business Development at Actionaly. “Our team has invested a lot of time and effort into supporting the seamless flow of student and parent data for our districts. Project Unicorn Vendor Certification demonstrates our strong commitment to interoperability to a wider audience of potential customers and partners."

To learn more about the importance of prioritizing interoperability for your edtech products, join us at our upcoming workshop at SXSWEDU on March 8th at 3:30 pm CST, “Why Interoperability Matters for EdTech Startups.” Executive Director of InnovateEDU and Project Unicorn, Erin Mote, will be joined by Ash Kaluarachchi, Chief Executive Officer for StartEd, and Janine-Walker Caffrey, Chief Product Officer for EPS School Speciality.

To learn more about the Project Unicorn pledge, visit the pledge webpage. To learn more about the Project Unicorn Interoperability Certification process, visit the certification webpage.

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Project Unicorn is a national initiative coordinated by InnovateEDU and powered by a coalition of 19 organizations representing stakeholders across the education sector focused on the goal of optimizing and radically improving data interoperability within K-12 education.

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