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News and Notifications
March 2015 — Security Certificate Update
ADEConnect is in the process of updating its security certificate, as the current one will expire on March 27, 2015. Applications or systems that automatically connect to ADEConnect may need to update their settings, as well. Updates will be posted here as they become available.

  • March 10, 2015—The certificate switch will be performed beginning Saturday, March 14. ADE has already worked with SIS vendors to ensure a seamless transition. Any problems should be reported to ADE Support — adesupport@azed.gov / 602-542-7378.
February 21, 2015 — ADFS Upgrade
As part of our continuous improvement philosophy, the ADEConnect team will be upgrading the Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) platform on Saturday, February 21, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. During that time, the system will not be available for use.

Summary of Changes

  1. Users at federated LEAs/schools logging into ADEConnect through their student information system (SIS) will not see any changes.
  2. Users directly logging into ADEConnect will see the following changes:
    • Updated login screen
    • New login requirements: an email address or ADE_NET\userID will be required rather than just the userID
    • Updated password screen
  3. Additional LEAs/schools will be added to the ADEConnect environment over time.
February 17, 2015 — New Data Maintenance Protocols
As part of our continuous improvement philosophy, the ADEConnect team will be implementing a new data maintenance protocol beginning tonight (February 17, 2015). From this point forward, the following procedures will be in place:

  1. When a user leaves an LEA or school, Entity Admins needs to remove that user’s roles in ADEConnect that same day.
  2. That user will be removed from the Entity Admin’s user list during the nightly data cleanup.
  3. Once a user’s roles have been removed, the system will remove that user’s association with the entity within approximately 48 hours. (That user will no longer be associated with the LEA or school they just left.)
  4. Users who exist in FIM (as non-pure federated users), but who are not associated with a specific entity, will still be available to Entity Admins and can be associated with a new entity as needed.
AZLEARNS/Adequate Yearly Progress (NCLB) Applications now Accountability

AZ LEARNS/Adequate Yearly Progress (NCLB) applications are now available in ADEConnect as AccountabilityEntity Administrators click here for instructions on how to give access for the Accountability application

Technical Information
Once an LEA is set up to use ADEConnect, administration of ALL LEA users is delegated to and is fully managed by the LEA. In other words, ADE trusts you to manage your own users. That means no more waiting for the ADE to add, modify, or delete user permissions – LEAs can make changes that take effect immediately. At present, ADEConnect operates according to two models: Federated and Direct Sign-on. The Federated model is the standard toward which ADE is moving.

Federated Model

ADE has been working with the SIS vendors in the state to add SAML 2.0 Identity Provider Services in their products. If an LEA is using an ADEConnect-enabled SIS, users that are logged into that SIS can access ADEConnect managed applications via single sign-on with no additional account set-up required. The LEA’s entity administrator simply configures the SIS with the users’ roles and other pertinent information; ADEConnect will validate that information and grant access to users without having to set up any accounts manually.

SIS Compatibility

ADEConnect uses industry standard SAML 2.0. A list of SIS platforms and version numbers that have been tested with ADEConnect is maintained on this site. If your SIS is compatible and you have not already integrated ADEConnect, contact the AELAS Outreach Team by phone (602-542-7378 / 866-577-9636) or email (aelas@azed.gov).

Secure-Socket-Layer (SSL) Enabled

Secure-Sockets-Layer (SSL) Enabled: SAML works by sending authentication and authorization information from your SIS to ADEConnect servers via the public Internet. In order to ensure that the authentication information sent by your SIS is secure and prevent unauthorized access to your data, ADEConnect requires your SIS to run with SSL enabled (i.e. the URLs to access your SIS must start with “https:”). If your SIS is not running with SSL enabled, please contact your vendor or ADE support for information on what you need to do to enable SSL.

Direct Sign-on Model

ADE verifies and grants a superuser at each LEA, known as an “Entity Administrator,” full rights to an ADE application called the “Entity Admin Portal.” Using this application, each Entity Administrator can add, modify or delete user accounts for all of the schools in their LEA. Changes take effect immediately.

Browser Compatibility

Users can login through ADEConnect using any modern web browser, but the Entity Admin Portal is built on Microsoft’s Forefront Identity Manager, which means it can only be accessed using Internet Explorer 8 or newer. If your entity administrator does not have regular access to a computer with this capability, please contact ADE support for potential alternatives.

Release Notes

November 2014 – ADEConnect Release Notes
May 2014 – ADEConnect Portal

Administration
All user accounts in ADEConnect are administered by their assigned LEA entity administrators, who also control user access to each ADE application.

Entity administrators are ultimately responsible for ensuring that their users are able to take advantage of the convenience and security ADEConnect offers. By appropriately assigning roles and permissions, entity admins permit users to access the ADE applications they need to do their work. Entity administrators also maintain the security of LEA and ADE information by ensuring that users only have access to the applications and data they are authorized to see.

Entity Admin Responsibilities

  • Assign user roles and permissions
  • Manage school and site assignments
  • Delegate entity admin role
  • Monitor ADEConnect usage
  • Analyze SIS-ADEConnect connection

Entity Admin Tools

  • Entity Admin Portal
  • ADEConnect Activity Report
  • Admin Application Association Report
  • Search by email address
  • Support from ADE!
Training
Training Certificate

Entity Administrator Training Certificate

ADE conducts live online Entity Administrator Training sessions at regular intervals. Each sessions orients new entity administrators to their responsibilities, demonstrates the available tools, and provides time for questions and answers.

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