Next Generation Standards Alignment of Digital Education Resources

SETDA is committed to assisting state and district education leaders, publishers, and educational software developers with ensuring high-quality alignment of digital K-12 education resources to state-adopted academic content standards. We believe that information about learning standards alignment of digital education resources must be rigorous, transparent, useful and freely available to educators and the public.

For this reason, SETDA launched a project in June 2012 (“Granular Identifiers and Metadata for the Common Core State Standards” or GIM-CCSS) in partnership with PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – and in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers – to design and implement an approach to digitally encode the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to meet both the consortia’s and K-12 field’s needs for high-quality alignment of instruction, assessment, and professional learning resources. The technical design aspect of the project is now complete and the products of the effort have been incorporated into the ongoing work of PARCC and Smarter Balanced.

Given that this work is of ongoing interest to state and district education leaders, publishers, software developers and educators, we are pleased to publish the GIM-CCSS technical design documents under an open license to allow re-use and further development. Importantly, the technical approach is broadly applicable to any academic content standard and would offer important advantages today to those who choose to deploy it.

Technical Documentation

The following documents are available free of charge under a CC-BY license:

  • Background and Summary of GIM-CCSS Technical Documentation (Version 1.0).  Download in PDF or Word.
  • Scope, Technical Requirements, Approached and Recommendation (Version 1.0). Download in PDF or Word.
  • Learning Standards Digital Representation Specification: JSON Serialization Schemata (Version 1.0). Download in PDF or Word.
  • Learning Standards Digital Representation Specification: RESTful API (Version 1.0). Download in PDF or Word.

While many state and national experts provided their valuable input into the development of GIM-CCSS technical products, SETDA retains sole responsibility for their contents. They are made available to interested parties ‘as is’ and with no representations, express or implied. SETDA would like to thank the generosity of multiple funders, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, for the support to conduct and release this important work.