Granular Identifiers and Metadata for the Common Core State Standards (GIM-CCSS)
The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) – working in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) – have launched a collaborative, state-centric project (“Granular Identifiers and Metadata for the Common Core State Standards” or GIM-CCSS) to facilitate the long-term technical implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in a digital format that meets assessment needs, while preserving the conceptual and structural integrity of the standards.
While CCSSO and the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices have developed a foundational digital identifier structure for the Common Core, a more fine-grained digital mapping is needed to fulfill the goals and objectives of the multi-state assessment consortia, including to ascertain the breadth and depth of standards coverage for testing purposes.
The technical work to be undertaken by GIM-CCSS is limited in scope to developing digital references to the conceptual statements already contained within the CCSS documents and to preserving the logical structure dictated by the standards authors. It will build on the prior work of CCSSO-NGA, and with their input, describe and publish more detailed, digital, machine-readable identifiers and metadata for the Common Core. Products of the project will be published as an open standard to enable non-restricted use, maximize interoperability, and promote extensibility.
The GIM-CCSS project is being managed by SETDA. Steering Committee members include:
- Tony Alpert, Smarter Balanced, Co-Chair
- Doug Jaffe, New York Regents Research Fund/PARCC, Co-Chair
- Wes Bruce, Indiana Department of Education/PARCC
- Dan Domagala, Colorado Department of Education/CCSSO’s Education Information Management Advisory Consortium (EIMAC)
- Geoff Fletcher, SETDA
- Doug Levin, SETDA
- Susan Van Gundy, Achieve/PARCC
The GIM-CCSS project is being supported by the generosity of multiple funders, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.
For more information about the project, please visit the GIM-CCSS public updates forum on assess4ed at: http://assess4ed.net/group/gim-ccss-public-updates.