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New White Paper from AAP Summarizes Ed Tech Standards Landscape

Provides Overview of Interoperability Standards to Adhere To When Creating PreK-12 Learning Materials

Washington, DC; November 2, 2015 – The PreK-12 Learning Group of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) has issued a new summary of technical and data interoperability standards relevant to educational product development, “A Survey of the Ed Tech Standards Landscape.” The white paper is a follow-up to the Ed Tech Forum at the Learning Group’s 2015 Content in Context (CIC) conference.

At the Ed Tech Forum, representatives from nine different standards and specifications groups each introduced their standard, its purpose, and where it fits in the ed tech development landscape. The white paper summarizes these presentations and links to videos, slide decks, and related resources for each standard. It also includes a list and brief summary of other standards that are important to the ed tech development community which will be explored at future events or in future publications.

The standards, specifications, and initiatives covered include:

  • Accessibility Metadata
  • Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)
  • Data Privacy & Security
  • EPUB3 and EDUPUB
  • Experience API (xAPI)
  • IMS Question-Test Interoperability (QTI)® and Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP)®
  • Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI)
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Technology Requirements
  • Standards Interoperability Framework (SIF)

The white paper is available as a free download on the AAP website at the link below:


The Ed Tech Forum and the resulting white paper are intended to be a starting point for education companies looking to make informed decisions around the standards and specifications they choose to adopt.

“Technical and data-related standards in the education space are becoming increasingly important as tech becomes more and more integral to the day-to-day needs of schools, teachers, and students,” said Dave Gladney, Director of Digital Initiatives for the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group. “But for companies developing resources and platforms in the education space, the standards landscape can be daunting. There are so many to track, so many acronyms to learn—without a comprehensive reference available companies can be left guessing when and where and how much to invest.”

The AAP PreK-12 Learning Group is expanding its coverage of ed tech and the organizations developing content, tools, and platforms for education. In addition to webinars, publications and another ed tech Forum at CIC in June 2016, AAP is forming an ed tech discussion group. The group will track ed tech trends, discuss and contribute to the development of technical standards, and provide guidance on future AAP ed tech programming. For information about joining this group contact Dave Gladney at 267-351-4329 or dgladney@publishers.org.

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