First started working with Common Core education standards many years ago. My initial response was positive because I think standards create transparency and are easily accessible to all. A practitioner creates any type of experience or project, then simply tags or references a standard for what they are trying to accomplish. This allows more participants in the learning ecosystem – creators of games, simulations, and VR experiences and publishers of online books and videos; anyone can reference the standards. I suggest to the learning ecosystem to use the learning labels technology to represent standards.

I have an intimate knowledge of two education standards as I built Common Core and NGSS standards into the learning labels interface. Both set of standards translate well into skills. With a learning label, a teacher, professor, or practitioner assigns a standard to skills for a discrete task. To get standards on the labels, it is possible to start with a skill and get a standard or start with a standard and get a skill. Then, the standards appear on the display – with interactive functionality to show all relevant information. With learning labels, all sets of standards are meant to work.

The problem with standards is related to the uninspiring testing. Teachers are forced to ‘teach to test’ because their jobs often depend on the results of their students. The testing is unpopular with students who decide not to take the test because they think the tests are biased and unfair (much of this is due to underperforming on them). But again, I think opening the learning ecosystem introduces all types of new media and ways to evaluate learning. In the future, sitting down at a workstation and taking a Common Core test will not be question and answer but an experience. Let’s ‘teach to skill’.

Already, learning and working is transitioning into a project-based format. Personally, I think we should simply give required credit after completing a project and do away with testing. And this is possible with the learning label technology.

Finally, I see education, higher education, and training standards continually evolving where standards reference other standards (a cross-walk) and continue to get deeper. Furthermore, there will always be a link between standards and the application of skills and their methods and applications. This is why learning labels is an ideal platform to represent standards.