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The Education Organization interchange describes education organizations, their structure, and their education offerings. It is used to exchange education organization information about a state’s schools, local education agencies (LEAs), education service centers (ESCs), and others.  Relationships and networks of organizations may be defined as well.

In addition, the interchange (optionally) supports the definition of the education offerings provided by schools, specifically the available courses and alternative/supplemental programs offered. Courses in this context refer to “course catalog” information. As such, this interchange may define current as well as past courses.

Locations and ClassPeriods can be re-used across Schools, if they are the same, using LocationReference and ClassPeriodReference within other domain entities in the interchange.

Accountability Ratings can be assigned to a school or LEA through this interchange.

Like all standard Ed-Fi interchanges, this schema references the Ed-Fi Core XSD and can be extended using the Ed-Fi Extensions Framework. See the Ed-Fi Data Standard: Developers' Guide for more information.

Use Cases

The Education Organization Interchange can be used to:

  1. Exchange a state’s full or partial hierarchy of education organizations.
  2. Exchange new or updated education organization information (e.g., change of address).
  3. Exchange available courses.
  4. Exchange available program offerings.
  5. Exchange accountability rating information.

Model Details

The following figure shows a logical view of the Education Organization Interchange schema:



The following table describes the primary entities of which the Education Organization Interchange is composed. 

StateEducationAgency (SEA)This entity represents the agency of the state charged with the primary responsibility for coordinating and supervising public instruction, including the setting of standards for elementary and secondary instructional programs.
EducationServiceCenter (ESC)This entity represents a regional, multi-services public agency authorized by state law to develop, manage and provide services, programs, or other support options (e.g., construction, food services, and technology services) to LEAs.
FeederSchoolAssociationThe association from feeder school to the receiving school.
LocalEducationAgency (LEA)This entity represents an administrative unit at the local level which exists primarily to operate schools or to contract for educational services. It includes school districts, charter schools, charter management organizations, or other local administrative organizations.
SchoolThis entity represents an educational organization that includes staff and students who participate in classes and educational activity groups.
LocationThis entity represents the physical space where students gather for a particular class/section. The Location may be an indoor or outdoor area designated for the purpose of meeting the educational needs of students.
ClassPeriodThis entity represents the designation of a regularly scheduled series of class meetings at designated times and days of the week.
CourseThis educational entity represents the organization of subject matter and related learning experiences provided for the instruction of students on a regular or systematic basis.
ProgramThis entity represents any program designed to work in conjunction with, or as a supplement to, the main academic program. Programs may provide instruction, training, services, or benefits through federal, state, or local agencies. Programs may also include organized extracurricular activities for students.
AccountabilityRatingAn accountability rating for a school or district.
EducationOrganizationPeerAssociationThe association from an education organization to its peers.
EducationOrganizationNetworkThis entity is a self-organized membership network of peer-level education organizations intended to provide shared services or collective procurement.
EducationOrganizationNetworkAssociationProperties of the association between the EducationOrganization and its network(s).

Extended References

This interchange includes the following Extended References.

Extended Reference NameDescription
LearningObjectiveReference Optional. Learning Objective(s) to be mastered in the course/program.
LearningStandardReference Optional. Learning Standard(s) to be taught/followed by the course/program.

Descriptor Dependencies

This interchange references the following Ed-Fi Descriptors, thus requiring them to have been defined using the Descriptors interchange prior to this interchange. For more information on the Ed-Fi Descriptor Pattern, see the Ed-Fi Data Standard - Developers' Guide.

Descriptor NameDescription
AcademicSubjectDescriptorOptional. The intended major subject area of the course.

Optional. The type of education institution as classified by its funding source, for example public or private.

CompetencyLevelDescriptorOptional. The competency levels defined to rate the student for the course.
CourseIdentificationSystemDescriptorRequired. This descriptor defines a standard code that identifies the organization of subject matter and related learning experiences provided for the instruction of students.
EducationOrganizationIdentificationSystemDescriptorOptional. This descriptor identifies the school system, state, or agency assigning the identification code.
GradeLevelDescriptorRequired/Optional. The grade levels that are served at the school, or in which the course is offered.
ProgramCharacteristicDescriptorOptional. Reflects important characteristics of the Program, such as categories or particular indications.
ServiceDescriptorOptional. Defines the services this program provides to students.

The following link is a ZIP archive containing the XSD for the Education Organization Interchange v2.0 along with the Ed-Fi Core XSD and a Sample XML Data File:

A ZIP archive containing all v2.0 Ed-Fi Standard Interchange Schema can be found in the Download Directory.


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