SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Clever announced today that it has joined the IMS Global Learning Consortium to further the industry-wide development of more open and interoperable technology solutions for K-12 education. The company also announced that its products now support and are certified for IMS Global’s newest standard, OneRosterTM.
More than 50,000 schools and 200 applications connect on Clever to put next-generation learning software in the hands of students and educators. Clever removes obstacles that block technology use in the classroom by securing and automating data integration with online learning apps and simplifying logins for students and teachers.
IMS Global Learning Consortium is a community of education and technology leaders from around the world working together to advance an open architecture that supports learning in the digital age. Its new OneRoster standard is focused on the schools’ needs to exchange roster information, including a standardized CSV file format that replaces what is typically exchanged between schools and their vendors.
"It is great to see Clever throw its weight behind IMS Global standards,” said Dr. Rob Abel, CEO, IMS Global Learning Consortium. “I welcome Clever to our community and look forward to working together with Clever on future improvements to OneRoster."
“OCPS has used Clever for years, and we’re pleased to see the company’s move toward open standards,” said Maurice Draggon, director of Instructional Management System at Orange County Public Schools. “Clever’s OneRoster support will allow us to more easily roll out software in our district.”
“Supporting open standards is a core element of Houston ISD’s digital strategy to support personalized learning. As a long-time user of the Clever platform, we’re thrilled to see Clever move to the front line,” said Beatriz Arnillas, director of Education Technology at Houston ISD. "Clever’s OneRoster support means that HISD can use the platform to simplify our OneRoster rollouts this back-to-school season.”
“We’re excited to provide a world-class OneRoster experience for districts who want to explore this new standard in concert with the industry-leading level of student data security and privacy afforded by Clever's platform,” said Tyler Bosmeny, co-founder and CEO of Clever.
Clever’s continued commitment to Open
Since its inception in 2012, Clever has been committed to openness in standards and source code. Clever's open-source libraries number in the many dozens and are available for download and unlimited use at https://github.com/Clever. Clever's Instant Login technology uses the long-standing OAuth2 standard.
“Openness is a rising tide that raises all boats,” said Ben Adida, Clever’s vice president of engineering. “When we started Clever, there was no standard format for exchanging student roster data, so we built our own. Today, we’re happy to offer OneRoster as a first-class Clever integration format alongside our existing integration paths, so that school districts can choose the integration method that works best for them.”
Clever is the platform that powers the classrooms of tomorrow. Founded in 2012 by educators and technologists who knew that widely available educational apps could improve both teaching and learning, but that tools to deploy and secure the applications were simply unavailable. Today, one in three innovative K-12 schools in the U.S. trust Clever to secure their student data as they adopt learning apps in the classroom. In 2014, Clever won the ‘Crystal Clear’ award by the Digital Innovation Learning Awards. It is also the trusted provider of the American Federation of Teachers, who uses Clever to secure its own ‘Share my Lesson’ platform with its teacher members. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Partners, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, and GSV Capital, Clever currently has 100 employees and is based in San Francisco, California. For more information visit www.clever.com
Clever is a trademark of Clever, Inc. OneRoster is a trademark of IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.