Moving Data Easily and Securely
The Vertical Reporting Framework (VRF) enables statewide management of district data collection, validation, and submission — from multiple and different student information systems — across modern SIF web services and traditional batch or other legacy communications.
VRF consists of two components: the Data Collector used by district personnel and the Report Collector used by state personnel. Either or both components can be hosted at the state level, and the Data Collector enforces role-based security to show each district user only the data pertaining to that district.
VRF helps both local and state education agencies improve longitudinal data system reporting. Compared to legacy and custom systems, the VRF Data Collector enables LEAs to quickly and easily collect and review data as well as cleanse errors in their student information system databases while still retaining district autonomy in the reporting process.
State education agencies (SEAs) can update collection and validation rules dynamically and monitor every district’s progress in a single web console. VRF accommodates multiple workflows including fully managed collections, unattended collections, and even real-time SIF data feeds.
- Scalability — Millions of students’ data are currently collected and validated using VRF. It has been proven to be robust and efficient even in large, statewide environments.
- Customizable — VRF is designed to connect to any standard or proprietary system through adapters that ensure seamless integrations. The software can also be customized to work with various database systems. And, using components called “manifests,” data fields can be determined and manipulated as necessary for different collection types and scenarios.
- Vendor Agnostic — Because VRF is fully cross-platform, it can be used in Windows, Linux, or Mac environments, or in an environment with multiple platforms. VRF supports SIF web services, file system copies, and direct database connections to collect information from disparate sources at the district level.
- Ease of Use — Using the web-based interface to manage data collections provides simple remote access to both district and state roles, protecting sensitive data through highly customized user-based permissions.