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Directory of Learning Standards

Directory of Standards Organizations

OrganizationDescription
A4L

Access 4 Learning Community (A4L): Defines the SIF family of standards for educational and student data with a focus on K-12 operations.

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Achieve

Achieve: A nonprofit education organization with a focus on helping states and districts make college and career readiness a priority for all students. Among their many activities, Achieve coordinates the development and promotion of the Next Generation Science Standards.

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ADL/IEEE

Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL): An initiative sponsored by the U.S Government, ADL seeks to facilitate interoperability and promote best practices for using distributed learning to provide high-quality education, training, an informal learning tailored to individual needs. Many specifications developed by ADL are standardized by the IEEE LTSC. Initially exclusive to the U.S. Department of Defense, ADL also serves the entire Federal workforce and global partners.

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Blockcerts

Blockcerts: A community centered on the Blockcerts standard for blockchain-based official records which can include academic credentials and other learning achievements.

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CAST

CAST: A nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.

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CCSSO/NGA

Council of Chief State Chool Officers (CCSSO): A nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the United States. The CCSSO, in partnership with the National Governors Association coordinates the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.

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Credential Engine

Credential Engine: A non-profit with a mission to create credential transparency, reveal the credential marketplace, increase credential literacy, and empower everyone to make more informed decisions about credentials and their value.

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DCMI

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI): An organization supporting innovation in metadata design and best practices across the metadata ecology. DCMI is a project of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

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ECMA

ECMA International: An industry association that facilitates the timely creation of a wide range of global Information and Communications Technology, and Consumer Electronics standards.

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Ed-Fi Alliance

Ed-Fi Alliance: A nonprofit funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation working toward a future where student data is always standardized, always secure, and always supporting teachers and students.

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IDPF

International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF): The IDPF has been merged into the W3C which has taken over governance of the EPUB family of standards. EPUB for Education is still available on the IDPF archive website.

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IEEE LTSC

IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (LTSC): Chartered by the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activity Board, the LTSC works to develop internationally accredited technical standards, recommended practices, and guides to learning technology. In addition to standards developed directly, the LTSC also manages standardization of specifications developed by other organizations.

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IETF

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF): An open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and smooth operation of the Internet. The IETF maintains the fundamental internet standards including TCP/IP, SMTP, HTTP, and many others.

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IMS Global

IMS Global Learning Consortium: A nonprofit member organization that strives to enable the adoption and impact of innovative learning technology. IMS standards focus on educational content, assessments, accessibility, and student data.

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ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE): ISTE is a member organization that advocates for technology use to improve student learning. ISTE holds an annual conference, publishes professional journals and and offers professional learning opportunities.

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NIST

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): A part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST operates a national laboratory and publishes standards for technology and measurement.

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PESC

Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC): An open standards-development and standards-setting body, PESC develops and advocates for data standards and protocols with a particular focus on the transfer of student records to and between colleges and universities.

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Schema.org

Schema.org: Originating as a joint effort by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Yandex, Schema.org produces metadata vocabularies for web content. Vocabularies are developed by an open community process coordinated through mailing lists and GitHub.

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US Ed

U.S. Department of Education (US Ed): An agency of the U.S. Government led by the Secretary of Education. The data initiatives at US Ed include the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Common Education Data Standards.

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U.S. Government

Government of the United States of America: U.S. laws include standards governing the collection and custody of data regarding students and children.

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W3C

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C): The W3C sets foundational standards for the world-wide web and promotes interoperability among web applications.

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