In most states academic/curriculum standards are managed in a spreadsheet, word document, pdf, or other manual tool. The lack of machine-readable standards makes it difficult for districts in those states to align digital content and assessments to state curriculum learning standards in digital learning tools. The effort and cost required to maintain alignments significantly limits the ability to effectively share digital resources aligned to standards between education entities in the state.
Additionally, the use of high quality digital content across states present significant challenges. Districts from other states cannot utilize digital content if there is not a curriculum standards crosswalk that aligns content to academic standards. Teachers from other states cannot easily use a resource as a primary instructional tool if the curriculum standards are not clearly defined in that resource.