Standards First

Standards First

Standards First begins with our pledge to make open standards the first and primary choice for education technology integrations.


Today’s challenges are unprecedented.

Students and teachers need a resilient, flexible, and data-rich technology experience, whether in the classroom, online, or across both, that improves productivity, increases engagement, and addresses learning loss. School districts and universities that have put interoperability enabled by open standards at the center of their edtech ecosystem requirements have been better able to support their faculty and students as they strive to make the most out of education technology.

Why open standards?

Open standards are not just a better way. They are the only viable way for institutions, governments, and suppliers to invest together to address today’s challenges and enable greater opportunities for innovations in the future. Open standards work, and they are widely available.


“The Standards First Pledge positions education organizations to leverage our collective voice to require an even playing field when purchasing and implementing instructional tools."
Emily E. Bell, Ed.D., Chief Information Officer, Fulton County Schools


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Add your organization’s voice to this important cause!


It’s time for all of us to rise to the challenge of making open standards ubiquitous and effective—for the benefit of every student, every teacher, every institution of learning, and every supplier. Sign the pledge and consider engaging in the Standards First program to ensure we are getting consistent and ubiquitous support for open standards in service of the students, teachers, and institutions that lie at the heart of our community!


"We see IMS Global as a leader of this direction in the education market and are excited about partnering to contribute to the development and expansion of open standards. As an organization that is deeply committed to open standards in education, Standards First is a great way for us to demonstrate that commitment and link arms with our like-minded peers."
—Michael Webb, Chief Technology Officer, Identity Automation

Read the press release about Standards First.

Download the Standards First overview.

See the leading organizations that have taken the pledge to support Standards First.


Take the Standards First Pledge



Thank you IMS Contributing Members for Leading Standards First!


Idaho Digital LearningFulton CountyGainesville City SchoolsEdina Public Schools School District of Pickens County Michgan Data Hub

Clayton County Public SchoolsCrosstown HighCity Schools of DecaturBaltimore County Public Schools Maryland Department of Education Hall County Schools Henry County

 Volusia Hudson Schools School District of Philadelphia Forsyth County Schools Gwinnett County Broward County Public Schools

Richland School District 2 Burke County Public SchoolsNorth Allegheny School District OESIS Fayette County Public SchoolsHarford County Public Schools Keller ISD

Lee County Northwest Tri-County IU5 Montana DPI KCTCSKaty ISD logoEanes Independent School District logoChicago Public Schools logoColumbia County School District logoPrince William County Public Schools logo Osceola School DistrictNorth Clackamas Schools logoAlbuquerque Public Schools logoNorthwest GA RESA logoGreenville County Schools logoNewton County School System logoMedway Public Schools logoScottsdale Unified School District logoCharlotte-Mecklenburg Schools logo



BlackboardInstructureSAFARI MontageGG4LOracle

Accelerate LearningExamityIDATAFYSavvas Learning CompanyInfinite Campus

Partners4resultsUniconIdentity AutomationCengage

Otus Tyler TechnologiesEdGateEdmentum

 Cisco  Catchon   TurnitIn VitalSource

 Open Assessment Technologies Corp. Powerschool  42 Lines  RANDA SolutionsN2N ServicesVigilo AS logoMoodle Pty Ltd logoEdge Factor Inc logoMagic Software, Inc logoLearningMate logoSantillana Global logoGooru logoDigital Knowledge logoAEFIS logoeLumen, Inc. logoKC TEK / QULAK logoClassGather logoFeedbackFruits logo Apenutmize logoSameGoal logoNetLearning logoCoins for College logo


See all Standards First Signatories