Arizona Education Data Standards

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AzEDS is part of the Arizona Education Learning and Accountability System, the state’s comprehensive statewide information solution. AzEDS is the data standard for this system, a common language and processes to streamline communication. AzEDS uses the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) being adopted by education systems across the nation to simplify the exchange of data between LEAs and their state agencies.

Latest News
AzEDS Vendor Certification Flowchart The AzEDS Vendor Certification process has been posted! Click on the AzEDS for Vendors section below, then on Vendor Certification to review the process. Be aware that the sandboxes are moving.

August 26, 2014 —AzEDS API Release 1 Use Case Scenarios – Version 1.1

August 21, 2014 —AzEDS Certification Scenarios – AzEDS Release 1.0 – Version 1.0

August 12, 2014 —API 1 Use Case Scenarios released

July 17, 2014 —ASCUS Presentation

June 14, 2014 —Implementation Letter

Why do we need AzEDS?

To put it simply, we need AzEDS in order to make Arizona’s education system work better for everyone involved. By standardizing and streamlining the collection and reporting of critical information based on CEDS and the Ed-Fi structure, AzEDS helps educators to concentrate on teaching and students to focus on learning. In fact, on October 19, 2012, the Arizona Data Governance Commission directed ADE to immediately implement the Ed-Fi data model and CEDS data standards. All education data systems must adopt these standards in order to send or receive data from ADE systems.


AzEDS for LEAs

Every school in Arizona is required to track and report hundreds of pieces of information every week, requiring countless hours of work and ever-increasing financial burden. AzEDS automates the majority of the reporting without compromising privacy or reducing LEA control over student data.

AzEDS is a behind-the-scenes system, so most people will never even know they are benefitting from it; however, administrative staff will quickly notice the reduction in hours they spend compiling and submitting data. AzEDS will also enable new Arizona Dashboards (AZ Dash) to offer near real-time student data.

Whether an LEA opts in to the forthcoming Statewide Student Information System or continues to use its current SIS, everyone can help move Arizona forward by participating in an AzEDS pilot. Talk to your system administrators now!

Go to “Technical Information for Vendors and LEAs” for information on LEA certification.

July 17, 2014 —ASCUS Presentation

June 14, 2014 —Implementation Letter

AzEDS for Vendors

Ever-changing reporting requirements at the federal and state level require a standardized and agile system for conforming data to the latest rules. AzEDS allows everyone to meet compliance standards in a short time. AzEDS provides all necessary data elements and business rules for seamless data transfer between vendor and ADE systems.

Notifications Vendor Certification—Release 1

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vendor certification flowchart

Certification Sessions QA Environment ADE Sandbox DLP Sandbox Certification Scenarios

Sandbox access information and more technical details are included in the “Technical Information” section below. You can also download a document containing sandbox URLs and access information AzEDS API Release 1 Environment Details

Click here for instructions on how to assign a new Unique Person ID

Technical Information for Vendors and LEAs
Release 1 Access to REST API URLs

IMPORTANT: Because SSL is currently set up as a self-sign certificate, in order to use Swagger interactively, users must first accept the Ed-Fi REST API certificate in the browser by going to the first link below, before using the Admin Portal or Swagger UI links. We also recommend that you use the Firefox browser for a better experience with the certificates.


Swagger UI

Admin Portal

Sandbox Access — Email with subject “Access to DLP Sandbox.” A maximum of five developers are permitted per team.


Swagger UI

Admin Portal

Sandbox Access — Email with subject “Access to ADE Sandbox.”


Sandbox Access — Email with subject “Access to QA.”


Access — Email with subject “Access to Stage.” Include LEA name and CTDS ID in email.

Development Documentation
AzEDS for Assessments

The Arizona Education Data Standards, AzEDS, is the family of standards for exchanging data with the Arizona Department of Education. AzEDS – Assessment is the component of the standard for exchanging assessment data.

This document defines a common standardized data elements and format when exchanging student assessment data. It proposes the actual file that would need to be exchanged to achieve conformity. Additionally, it will contain a data dictionary for the attributes that are mentioned in the actual files and lists the limitations and constraints for the data.

The purpose of this document is to articulate the specifications for the data exchange of student assessment data. This is being circulated to all parties who send data to the State for the assessments that are delivered and scored for the students at LEAs in the state.

By collecting the student assessment data in a common standard’s based format, it will enable the state to make available standard reports and dashboards to educators, parents, and students which will help towards student achievement and progress.

It will aid in data mismatches and reduce time spent converting data from one format to another.

Click here to download: AzEDS Assessment – v1.0.2