Michael Kaplun, The Fratelli Group for CoSN, 202-822-9491,
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today announced that the organization is expanding its work nationwide on interoperability in school systems. Interoperability, which is the seamless sharing of data content and services between systems and applications, has become a top need for school districts to meet their evolving education goals in 21st-century learning settings.
As part of CoSN’s increased commitment, the organization has received support from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to update and deliver additional resources through the Interoperability Standards initiative. In addition, CoSN is partnering with Project Unicorn, a national coalition that advocates for K-12 interoperability, and encouraging school districts to sign the updated Interoperability Pledge.
“School districts are finding that education technology is not delivering on its promise for teaching and learning because of the lack of interoperability. Solving this issue is a key educational imperative and requires educators to come together to create digital solutions that fit together,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.
School systems are struggling to address the interoperability imperative at a level beyond Single Sign-On (SSO) with limited knowledge about the standards. CoSN will develop an Interoperability Toolkit to help districts achieve interoperability beyond early stages like SSO. 
Last year, CoSN issued a report to give district technology leaders an understanding of why interoperability matters. The report highlighted the most important, widely used and emerging standards.  
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