The State of CASE July 2019

Brandon Dorman

Happy birthday to the IMS Global specification CASE! Two years ago on July 7th CASE was finalized by IMS Global. A comprehensive-as-I-can-get list of accomplishments since then follows.

State Agencies Coming Onboard to CASE in Some Way



South Carolina (private currently but in CASE)

IMS Global CASE Network which has all 50 States Math and ELA Frameworks

Other Orgs

ACT Holistic Framework

Smarter Balanced

Applications Certified in CASE

(Official IMS Global directory of certified Products)

Opensalt (several different flavors exist), Academic Competencies Management Tool and TEG Frame

Other news:

Companies offering Consulting Services Around CASE

PCG Education


Phoenix Educational Solutions (

Where It’s Going:

I see the past two years work as proof that organizations can revise and publish competency frameworks at a more rapid pace than was possible before. CASE as an API can be used to create applications on top of the base server such as those that Compare frameworks, alignment suggestion tools, etc. Finally, the certification of LTI-Resource Search that allows CASE URI’s to be the one true source of truth for a learning object standard across repositories is a game changer.

I’m looking forward to hearing more about how adaptive learning utilizes the CASE URI’s. I’ve seen work being made towards CASE/CASS/CTDL (Credential Engine) working together to finally link K12 to workforce in more than just name.

The CLR specification is probably the most exciting culmination of all of these efforts — where the owner of the learning achievement can be the student, not whatever organization granted the Open Badge or University Course. extracurricular skill/learning achievement, Credential etc.

Finally, I’m looking forward to seeing more folks in workforce and human resources departments exemplify what it means to help their members gain competencies and certifications through gap analysis that CASE can help systematize — through Precedes type relationships as well as helping simplify a plethora of skills across HR frameworks that are often complementary (eg align job description with the actual job responsibilities with the more universally-acknowledged skills for a set job type).

In the end, CASE is just a format to transmit and receive competency frameworks. It’s the content in those frameworks that matters more, and what students do with the skills they acquire that matters most!

Note: I am the CASE workgroup Co-Chair and product manager of OpenSALT, one of CASE certified tools mentioned in the article.

Brandon Dorman

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One role is Product Manager on OpenSALT, Co-Chair CASE Taskforce. Adjunct prof of Education, 9 year 7-12 math Teacher in Fresno unified.

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