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11 June 2013

Data Standards in Service of Learning

My friends at SETDA have published a new paper, "Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning". It represents a movement that I favor. Historically, educational data has been used primarily for accountability purposes. But, properly reported, data can guide instruction and learning and personalize the experience. The result is significant improvement to student achievement.

The SETDA paper incorporates two models that I've used to categorize standards. The Four-Layer Framework for Data Standards divides data standards into four layers of work that build upon each other. The more recent Taxonomy of Education Standards looks at categories of data within the education sector. Shortly before I changed jobs, one of my Gates Foundation colleagues asked if I could make a chart placing existing standards efforts against these two models. I decided to do it all at once by merging the models into a matrix. Here's the result:

To understand the chart better, I recommend reading the descriptions of the two models. The Four-Layer Framework for Data Standards and the Taxonomy of Education Standards.

There's a lot of crowding in the area of student data. The standards in this area don't compete as much as it would appear. While there's some overlap, most fill complimentary roles. Details of all of these standards efforts and how they relate to each other are in the SETDA paper.

Here are links to the official websites and, in some cases, my writing related to each of the above standards.

CCSSCommon Core State StandardsBlog Post
CEDSCommon Education Data Standards
SEEDSoutheast Education Data Exchange (Digital Passport)
Ed-FiEd-Fi Alliance
EDIElectronic Data Interchange
ESBEnterprise Service Bus
GIM-CCSSGranular Identifiers and Metadata for CCSSBlog Post
IMSIMS Global Learning Consortium
IMS LTIIMS Learning Tools Interoperability
LRLearning RegistryBlog Post
LRMILearning Resource Metadata InitiativeBlog Post
OBIOpen Badge Infrastructure
PESCP20W Educational Standards Council
RESTRepresentational State Transfer
SIFSIF Association
TCAPITin Can API (AKA Experience API)

Like most everything on this blog, these models and this chart are free to reuse under a CC-BY license. I hope they're helpful to your efforts.

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