Today, IMS announced what we expect to be a very long and fruitful partnership with the Ed-Fi Alliance. The Ed-Fi Alliance, funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, provides standards and software for the actionable use of data by K-12 states and school districts.
IMS, of course, focuses on EdTech interoperability standards with our goal being to enable an open ecosystem of innovative learning platforms, apps, tools and content.
The essence of the announcement is that IMS Global and Ed-Fi will collaborate on K-12 standards – bringing together IMS’s “front-end” learning technology standards with Ed-Fi’s “back-end” data standards.
The partnership will begin with Ed-Fi adopting IMS’s OneRosterTM standards and actively contributing to the work. From there Ed-Fi and IMS will be targeting several additional high need areas in order to accelerate connecting district level to state level systems. These additional areas include assessment, learning analytics and digital credentials (competency-based education and digital badges).
IMS chooses our partnerships with other standards organizations and activities carefully. Our view is that it is extremely important that your investment in standards goes toward a foundation of interoperability that the sector can trust for years to come. We believe that the track record, growth and approach of working with the market merits that trust.
At IMS we get the sense that Ed-Fi has the level of support that makes it a solid choice for districts and states. The commitment of the Dell Foundation to Ed-Fi is impressive. And, Ed-Fi adoption now dwarfs other K-12 data standards alternatives.
IMS and Ed-Fi working together will bring together two very strong organizations to accelerate the connection between IMS’s huge base of edtech adoption with the data systems and dashboards that are using Ed-Fi now and in the future.
IMS feels very good about the potential for the Ed-Fi partnership and we are committed to its success. It is also becoming clear that OneRoster is one major step closer to fulfilling its promise.