Definition: SPEEDE/ExPRESS is a set of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) formats for exchanging student records and transcripts among educational institutions. SPEEDE stands for Standardization of Postsecondary Education Electronic Data Exchange. ExPRESS stands for Exchange of Permanent Records for Students and Schools (K-12). The SPEEDE/ExPRESS formats were jointly developed by a group of postsecondary and PK-12 education data specialists, supported by the NCES, and approved through the ANSI X12 (EDI) committee.

What This Means: SPEEDE/ExPRESS was the first format for electronic student records/transcripts. It was developed through the EDI process because that was the only relevant standards body. The format is a bit clunky because the data elements are not unique to education, but are often shared by other industries. The Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council developed the XML High School Format based on the SPEEDE/ExPRESS format. The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) Student Record Exchange format is also an XML format, but reflects a different type of standards format. SPEEDE/ExPRESS records are exchanged using the Texas SPEEDE Server, for the most part, and an effort is underway to move to XML formats. NTC can also exchange EDI formats, and can translate them into PESC or SIF formats.


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