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SETDA helps align digital content, learning standards

Technical specs from SETDA can help publishers, states, and schools align their digital content with the Common Core and other learning standards

SETDA_cmmon_coreThe State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has released technical documentation to help state and district education leaders, publishers, and software developers make sure their digital resources are aligned with academic content standards, such as the Common Core State Standards.

State-adopted academic content standards set forth expectations for what students should know and be able to do in core academic subjects and serve as the foundation for assessment, adoption of instructional materials, and teacher professional development, SETDA noted.

But, despite the importance of aligning content with standards, there remain significant challenges to the rigor, transparency, and usefulness of most current approaches to standards alignment.

“The shift to greater use of digital resources in education provides an important opportunity to address longstanding frustrations with the quality of standards alignment in education,” said Doug Levin, SETDA’s executive director, in a press release.

The resources released by SETDA earlier this fall are the result of a project called “Granular Identifiers and Metadata for the Common Core State Standards,” or GIM-CCSS. They provide recommendations for how the Common Core State Standards can be digitally encoded to support the transparent, high-quality alignment of education resources to those standards.

SETDA has released these tools under an open license for anyone to use. The organization said its technical approach is “broadly applicable to any academic content standard and would offer important advantages today to those who choose to deploy it.”

You can access the technical documentation here.

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