IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), the non-profit collaborative for educational technology innovation, impact, and interoperability announced a new collaboration among IMS member organizations to launch a free digital registry of state K-12 academic standards. The IMS CASE Registry will be based on the new Competency and Academic Standards Exchange (CASE) open standard from IMS Global. The registry is expected to be fully operational September 2018, and will include standards for all 50 U.S. states.
“IMS member school districts, states and suppliers have asked IMS to help solve one of the key challenges holding back adoption of digital materials, namely the need to be able to easily align all digital materials, regardless of source, to a publicly available digital representation of state standards,” said Dr. Rob Abel, IMS Global’s Chief Executive Officer. “The first step was to establish the CASE standard to enable interoperable learning standards and competencies. Now IMS is taking the next step to set up and sustain a freely available public registry.”Several state educational agencies (SEAs) are already moving to support the CASE standard and IMS will work with SEAs to mirror official versions of state standards. The IMS CASE Registry will be based on the OpenSALT open source software project. The CASE standard supports a wide range of academic standards, competency frameworks, rubrics and crosswalks between standards. The Registry will become a source for a wide range of IMS certified CASE products provided by the IMS members directly to the market. IMS has made plans to support the CASE Registry for the foreseeable future.