Edustructures first to achieve SIF UK product certification

Leading SIF solutions provider strengthens support for United Kingdom with SIF-UK product certification, local market collaboration, and support

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) November 2, 2009 -- Edustructures, part of the Pearson Assessment & Information group, today announced the company's market-leading SIFWorks Zone Integration Servers (ZIS) Enterprise Edition and SIFWorks Zone Integration Servers Hosting Edition have received SIF certification against the SIF UK ZIS product standard, representing the first Zone Integration Servers to be certified by the Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF) Association UK, the standards body behind the SIF specification in the United Kingdom. The SIFWorks ZIS technology is deployed in more SIF implementations than any other solution--with installations in the US, UK, China, and Australia--assisting more than 1,200 state, regional, and local education agencies achieve standards-based data interoperability.

This product certification follows significant support of SIF in the UK by Edustructures. In 2007, Edustructures--working in conjunction with the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta)--was instrumental in developing the UK SIF specification and was responsible for the resulting UK SIF proof-of-concept implementation. Edustructures has assisted in further enhancing the UK SIF specification, and has since completed the implementation of an assessments-focused POC for the Northern Ireland Education Authority, and is providing technology for a national pilot of SIF. Edustructures is currently working with the UK examinations awarding body, Joint Counsel for Qualifications (JCQ), to explore a SIF-based methodology for the national management of learner examinations.

Further supporting the Edustructures UK market focus, the company established a London office in July 2009, managed by Nick Barron, head of business development for the United Kingdom. Formerly the senior architect for data services at Becta, Mr. Barron is responsible for conducting client consulting, and the company's business development and account management activity in the UK. In addition, Mr. Barron sits as a member of the SIF Association UK Management Board--charged with steering the Associations' direction within the UK--and serves as co-chair of the UK Implementation Working Group.

"As the need for data interoperability in education continues to grow, SIF's track record of success is driving adoption of the standard worldwide," said Steve Curtis, President of Edustructures. "The UK SIF-certification of our SIFWorks ZIS technology--coupled with the in-country support of Nick Barron--means Edustructures is well-positioned to expand the reach of SIF in the UK at this pivotal moment in the global expansion of SIF."

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company's investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company's respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker, and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

About Edustructures
Edustructures, a Pearson company (NYSE: PSO), is the recognized leader in enterprise interoperability solutions for the PK-20 education market. Through its SIFWorks® integration platform, National Transcript Center solution, comprehensive professional services, and relationships with business partners and educators, Edustructures connects the systems that power education. For more information about Edustructures, please visit