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Recommendation - 5.3

All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.

To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:

5.3 Recommendation: Fund the development and use of interoperability standards for content, student learning data, and financial data to enable collecting, sharing, and analyzing data to improve decision-making at all levels of our education system.

Fragmented student learning and financial data siloed in different systems and a lack of common standards for collecting and sharing data are formidable barriers to using data for continuous improvement and cost reduction. A barrier to finding and using content and assessment resources is the lack of common content interoperability standards and the absence of tools to enable usage of standards. The lack of common standards affects the quality of tools because developers must limit their R&D investments in such narrow markets. The Department of Education with the Office of Science and Technology Policy should convene a cross-agency effort to create, publish, and maintain open standards for content, student learning, and financial data interoperability. State and district requests for proposals (RFPs) for assessment and data systems should require appropriate use of these standards.

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