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Ed-Fi Credential Application

Ed-Fi Credential Application: Overview

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The Ed-Fi Credential application can be accessed through the Secure Home menu as with other WISE applications so long as you have the appropriate security. It is likely only a select number of people (maybe even only one) will have access to the Ed-Fi Credential application. The first time you open the application you will need to accept the terms of use popup that displays. Once you set up your student information system (SIS), special education information system, behavior & discipline systems, financial management system, or other technology providers (vendors), you generally will not have to access this application again unless you change your technology provider.

On the Ed-Fi Credential application, you will see your vendor subscriptions. You may add vendor subscriptions for either All Schools in your agency or Select Schools Only within your agency. If you have already subscribed to any vendors, you will see them listed. The next section of the tutorial will cover how to add a vendor subscription followed by a section on how to add specialized vendors (special education information system and/or behavior & discipline systems).

If you are converting from one vendor to another, please submit a WISEsupport ticket to ensure your vendor subscriptions are properly configured. For more information, visit the SIS Conversion Guidance page.

Adding a SIS Subscription

Adding a vendor enables them to view and/or enter data that will be submitted on your behalf to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for reporting purposes.  You will only be able to add a vendor that has been certified as integrated with the Ed-Fi API.  For a list of vendors and their certification status, refer to the Vendor List.

Adding a Primary Vendor: SIS or a Financial Management System

  1. Determine whether the subscription is for all schools in your district or only select schools.
  2. Under All Schools or Selected Schools Only, click the Add button to add a new vendor subscription.

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3. In the New Subscription window, fill out the following fields:

  • Vendor Name: Select your vendor from the drop-down list. Only certified vendors display.
  • Resource Access: Select the access level you wish to give them from the drop-down menu. For your SIS vendor, choose Write on all student data.  For your financial management system vendor, choose Write on local account, budget and actuals.
  • Schools: This field appears only under the Selected Schools Only section. Enter the schools you want to add the vendor subscription for.
  • No Access After School Year: If you choose for the SIS vendor's full access to end after a certain year, then enter that year in the No Access After School Year field. For instance, if you will start sending special education data via SEEDS in 2019-20 school year and no longer via your primary SIS after 2018-19, enter 2019 here.
  • Read Only Prior to School Year: If you select a school year, the vendor you add will have read-only access to data prior to that school year.

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4.Once you're done, click Save Changes at the bottom of the window to add the vendor subscription.

5. Once your vendor is added, back on the main page, you will see them listed along with a security credentials (API key and secret). Your security credentials (API key and secret) should be kept private and should not be shared.

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6. The vendor will receive an email notification that you have subscribed to their technology product. Vendors may obtain the security credentials (API key and secret) that were generated through their Ed-Fi Credential application access.

7. The school/district has to enter the security credentials into their SIS or financial management system to send and request data to WISEdata through a REST API.  You may also need the API URLs and LEA ID/School ID to complete your API configuration on your SIS or financial management system. This information is available at the bottom of the Ed-Fi Credential application.

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Adding Other Specialized Vendors

Many schools choose to add a special education information system, or a behavior & discipline system in addition to their primary vendor(s). Adding a secondary, specialized vendor is more complex than adding the primary SIS. In the event where both the SIS vendor and the specialized are added without boundary year conditions, the district’s special education or discipline data could accidentally be updated or deleted.  Adding the boundary year conditions (Year Cut-offs) will reject special education or discipline data from the primary SIS once you start using special education or discipline data via your specialized vendor.

To add a special education information system or a behavior & discipline system, please follow the steps below carefully.

  1. Before you can add your specialized vendor, you must modify the unlimited access your primary SIS used to have. First, locate the row for your primary SIS. On the far right column click the Modify button. 
  2. In the New Subscription window, fill out the following fields 
    • Vendor Name: Select your primary SIS vendor from the drop-down menu.
    • Resource Access: Choose the option in the drop-down menu for Write on all student (enrollment, program, discipline, roster and grade data) with special education write access ending after a specified year.
    • Boundary Year: Enter the last school year in which the selected SIS vendor will be provided write, update and delete access of special education or discipline data. For example, if you plan to start sending special education data via your new special education information system in the upcoming 2019-20 school year, then you would select '2018-2019' into the Special Education Boundary Year field for your primary SIS.

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3. Click Update

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4. Now on the main page, Vendor Subscription, click Add for either All Schools or Select Schools Only to add a new specialized vendor subscription.

5. In the New Subscription window, fill out the following fields:

  • Vendor Name: Select your special education information system, or a behavior & discipline system, such as SEEDS, OASYS, or EduClimber.
  • Resource Access: Select the access level you wish to give them from the drop-down menu. For you special education information system, choose Write only on student special education/program data.  For your behavior & discipline system, choose Write only on student discipline data.
  • No Access After School Year. If you choose for the SIS vendor's full access to end after a certain year, then enter that year in the No Access After School Year field. For instance, if you will start sending special education data via SEEDS in 2019-20 school year and no longer via your primary SIS after 2018-19, enter 2018-2019 here.
  • Read Only Prior to School Year. If you select a school year, the vendor you add will have read-only access to data prior to that school year.​​

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6. Click Save Changes.

7. Clicking Save Changes generates the security credentials (API key and secret) required to allow the specialized vendor to transmit data to WISEdata. Your security credentials (API key and secret) should be kept private and should not be shared.

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8. The vendor will receive an email notification that you have subscribed to their technology product. Vendors may obtain the security credentials (API key and secret) that were generated through their Ed-Fi Credential application access.

9. The school/district has to enter the security credentials into their special education information system, or a behavior & discipline system to send and request data to WISEdata through a REST API. You may also need the API URLs and LEA ID/School ID to complete your API configuration on your special education information system, or a behavior & discipline system. This information is available at the bottom of the Ed-Fi Credential application.

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