Data Interoperability in K-12 Education
interoperability: the seamless, secure, and controlled exchange of data between applications
We believe solving the data interoperability challenges facing districts and schools is critical to giving teachers the information they need to do their jobs and to enabling innovation in classroom practices.
Our initiative has created a powerful coalition of educators, industry, and funders who are committed to:
Creating and promoting a clear definition of data interoperability. People in school districts who procure and support data tools and the vendors who create and sell them must have a common language to discuss requirements and solutions and objectively evaluate the capabilities of their tools. It is impossible to solve a problem if you can’t define the problem clearly.
Support the adoption of standards for K-12 data exchange. To realize the vision of seamless and secure data transfer, all tools in the ecosystem need to speak a common language and exchange data in well-defined and predictable ways. Data standards provide the common language and data exchange specifications (e.g. API resource specification or XSD definitions) provide predictable ways to transfer data.
Empower districts and vendors to put in place strong data security and privacy safeguards. Seamless data transfer is irresponsible and unethical without the right security in place and governed by appropriate data privacy policies. Our resources and efforts support districts and vendors in understanding what best practice looks like and how to honestly evaluate their own practices. We provide resources to districts, schools, and teachers to have informed conversations with parents and students about privacy and security.