To integrate with production data in the Ed-Fi platform, you must be certified to ensure that your platform(s) are sending the right data to the API in the correct format. While working to integrate the systems, you will need testing environments that are isolated from the production data so that the production environment maintains a high level of consistency.
The Administration Portal enables you to create these testing environments in the form of sandboxes which are completely isolated.
Obtaining Access and Setting up Sandboxes
Access to the Administration Portal is by invite only. In the invitation email, a link will be provided that will direct you to set a password for the account. Upon logging in, you will see the existing sandboxes associated with your login along with the application key and secret.
Figure 1 Sample Administration Portal with configured sandboxes
The Add Sandbox button allows you to create a new sandbox environment with or without sample data. A sandbox with sample data includes standard lookup data (e.g. grade level types, attendance event types, etc.) as well as anonymized sample data (e.g. students, schools, grades, and assessments scores, etc.). A sandbox without sample data will only include the lookup data.
Figure 2 Adding a sandbox via the Administration Portal
Access to Production
Once integration testing is completed and verified, access to the production environment will be provided. The application key and secret to the production environment will be displayed on the same page as the sandboxes.