A GPS System for Student Information Is in Development
By Tanya Roscorla
Someday all students in the U.S. — there are 80 million K-20 students today — might have access to their education records from early childhood through college thanks to an Educational Positioning System that’s being built. Similar to the Global Positioning System (GPS), the Educational Positioning System will help students and parents track achievement, possible careers and chart a course for a job.
The Lone Star College System in Texas owns the concept for this system, and the nonprofit education group IMS Global Learning Consortium is acting as the holding agent that’s providing governance, which includes standards and protocols.
The EPS has many planned benefits. One big one is continuity and ease of use. Because many of today’s students change colleges at least once, they can’t access records — outside of their transcript and diploma — after they move on, said Michael Mathews, chief strategist for innovation and entrepreneurship at Lone Star College-University Park. But if they and their parents owned their information, they could access more information in the EPS anywhere at anytime.