K–12 education institutions are increasingly looking to digital content and related e-learning technologies to meet evolving education needs and goals. Technology-based products, services, and resources are making positive impacts on education and are improving efficiency and outcomes in teaching, learning, and classroom and school management. And yet, as educators grow more sophisticated in their use of technology, there are gaps in the integration and interfaces among disparate applications.
Read more about Interoperability Standards on our blog and find out what the interoperability process looks like for districts like Houston ISD

New Interoperability Resources (2018)

Learn where your district sits on CoSN's Interoperability Maturity Model. Read how the Maturity Model was used by Morgan School District, a rural school system in Utah.

Online Self-Assessment

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K-12 education hasn’t focused on interoperability—the seamless sharing of data content and services among systems and applications. Our new report, Working Together to Strategically Connect the K-12 Enterprise: Interoperability Standards for Education, a resource for non-technical leaders, will help district technology leaders understand why interoperability standards matter. This report highlights the most important, widely used, and emerging standards. 

The Primer covers interoperability governance at the district level and looks ahead with salient questions about using interoperability standards. 

Nine Key Areas of Interoperability Standards

This report and primer focus on nine key areas of interoperability standards:

  1. Digital content
  2. Data connectivity
  3. Data integration
  4. Authentication, authorization and identity management
  5. Portals and portlets
  6. File sharing
  7. Network infrastructure
  8. Digital accessibility
  9. Rostering


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