The domain of digitized curriculum standards comprises several interacting components that support the provision of published standards and use of OER. Learn more in the report on digitizing curriculum standards.

Curriculum standards: the set of standards, objectives, and concepts required to be taught and learned in a given subject, within each grade level, and subdivided into topics, subtopics, and individual standard statements. Curriculum standards are accessible as print books or PDF documents published by a government organization that has the authority to define curriculum standards within the local jurisdiction.

Digitization: the conversion of curriculum standards documents into structured data formats like spreadsheets.

Publishing: making curriculum standard data publicly available for access, browsing, download, reference, and, in some cases, approval by a curricular body.

Digitized standards: the digital representation of curriculum standards documents, intended to represent relevant educational information in machine-readable form. Digitized standards are made of individual standards statements and are often organized as a hierarchical structure of grade levels and topics. Using a common data model for digitized standards allows curriculum documents from different countries to be represented in a unified manner and enables data interoperability between different systems.

Standard statement: an individual entry within a digitized standard that describes a particular knowledge, skill, or competency expected of learners at that level.

Official identifier: a notation code, tag, or URI (uniform resource identifier) that uniquely identifies a particular standard statement within a document. For example, the short human-readable code 2.MD.D.10 within the U.S. Common Core Math standards, or the code B4.4.1.2 within the Ghana Math standards.

Content Correlations: a mapping between standards and learning resources suitable for teaching or assessing these standards. Content correlations are made of individual associations between learning resources and relevant standard statements.

Standards crosswalk: a mapping between standards within different countries. Standards crosswalks are made of individual alignment links that identify statements from one standard as being equivalent or similar to statements in another standard.

Jurisdiction: an organization, country, or region within which curriculum data is published.

An illustration of digitized curriculum standards concepts.