Education and Tech Leaders Join Forces to SetEducation IT Standards

JES & Co., Intel, Dell, Microsoft, OneNet, SAP Public Services, Inc., EdVISION

And Riverdeep Announce Managed Learning System Research and Development

Program



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from JES & Co.

    TUCSON, Ariz., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading education and technology
 organizations today announced their support of the Managed Learning System
 Research and Development Lab, part of a new vendor-neutral program to set the
 standards for technology in education.  While initially funded by Intel, Dell,
 Microsoft, OneNet, SAP Public Services, Inc., EdVISION and Riverdeep, the lab
 is now open to sponsorship and use by other education providers and vendors to
 ensure interoperability.  The Managed Learning System (MLS) is a program of
 JES & Co., the leading non-profit developer of education technology solutions
 and integration.
     "Schools spend nearly $6 billion a year on information technology and
 spending is rising dramatically as schools strive to meet new goals of
 accountability and reporting," said Diny Golder-Dardis, MLS Program developer
 and executive director of JES & Co.  "Unfortunately, schools' efforts are
 often stalled due to the complexity of the systems.  The Managed Learning
 System provides a standards-based framework so that all elements of an
 educational IT system can communicate and interoperate -- making the entire
 education system more efficient."
     The MLS Program is the only educator-driven initiative to facilitate
 interoperable IT solutions, independent of vendor, integrator or platform.
 The educator-run MLS Steering Committee, representing the United States
 Department of Education, State Departments of Education, higher education, and
 K-12, will guide development of these standards to address the needs of
 education.
 
     MLS specification and lab
     Version 1.0 of the MLS spec is the result of more than three years of
 integration and prototype development, including the deployment of a fully
 operational system for the state of Oklahoma.  With version 1.0 operating in
 Oklahoma, the MLS Program will focus on soliciting participation from
 additional technology and education leaders, revising the current
 specification and publishing a 2.0 version in 2002.
     Sponsors and members of the MLS Program have access to the specification
 while it's in development.  The MLS Program includes a hosted Research and
 Development Lab in Tucson, Arizona; bi-annual member meetings and ongoing
 Steering Committee and workgroup meetings.  The lab is available for sponsors
 to test and demonstrate their products for interoperability relative to the
 MLS specification.
 
     IT interoperability and schools
     Quality Education Data, a leading education industry analyst firm,
 reports the market for education IT spending by school districts surpassed
 $5.6 billion in 1999 and will be greater than $5.8 billion in 2001.
     Nearly every state has an initiative in legislation or on the books
 requiring school accountability for funding, which often drives IT spending.
 Information technology lowers the cost of tracking student attendance and
 performance.  Additionally, it allows schools to track expenditures.
     Many school districts and state departments of education establish
 multi-million dollar contracts with single vendors to supply IT solutions.
 However, the MLS specification gives education a way to build powerful IT
 systems by choosing products from dozens of vendors with interoperable
 products, thus reducing initial cost, vendor lock-in and complexity.
 
     A leader in bringing education to schools
     JES & Co. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit educational organization comprised of
 educators and education policy makers and the leading technology consultant
 for schools.  Founded in 1997, the organization has programs operating in
 18 states and hundreds of schools nationwide.  JES & Co. administers education
 programs and consults to departments of education at state and regional levels
 on projects that integrate technology with administration, content, and people
 throughout the education process.  The organization has developed and executed
 programs for secondary and post secondary schools that offer training and
 technical curriculum as well as opportunities for youth to earn school credit
 and compensation while learning about technology.  For more information about
 JES & Co., please visit www.jesandco.org.
 
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    TUCSON, Ariz., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading education and technology
 organizations today announced their support of the Managed Learning System
 Research and Development Lab, part of a new vendor-neutral program to set the
 standards for technology in education.  While initially funded by Intel, Dell,
 Microsoft, OneNet, SAP Public Services, Inc., EdVISION and Riverdeep, the lab
 is now open to sponsorship and use by other education providers and vendors to
 ensure interoperability.  The Managed Learning System (MLS) is a program of
 JES & Co., the leading non-profit developer of education technology solutions
 and integration.
     "Schools spend nearly $6 billion a year on information technology and
 spending is rising dramatically as schools strive to meet new goals of
 accountability and reporting," said Diny Golder-Dardis, MLS Program developer
 and executive director of JES & Co.  "Unfortunately, schools' efforts are
 often stalled due to the complexity of the systems.  The Managed Learning
 System provides a standards-based framework so that all elements of an
 educational IT system can communicate and interoperate -- making the entire
 education system more efficient."
     The MLS Program is the only educator-driven initiative to facilitate
 interoperable IT solutions, independent of vendor, integrator or platform.
 The educator-run MLS Steering Committee, representing the United States
 Department of Education, State Departments of Education, higher education, and
 K-12, will guide development of these standards to address the needs of
 education.
 
     MLS specification and lab
     Version 1.0 of the MLS spec is the result of more than three years of
 integration and prototype development, including the deployment of a fully
 operational system for the state of Oklahoma.  With version 1.0 operating in
 Oklahoma, the MLS Program will focus on soliciting participation from
 additional technology and education leaders, revising the current
 specification and publishing a 2.0 version in 2002.
     Sponsors and members of the MLS Program have access to the specification
 while it's in development.  The MLS Program includes a hosted Research and
 Development Lab in Tucson, Arizona; bi-annual member meetings and ongoing
 Steering Committee and workgroup meetings.  The lab is available for sponsors
 to test and demonstrate their products for interoperability relative to the
 MLS specification.
 
     IT interoperability and schools
     Quality Education Data, a leading education industry analyst firm,
 reports the market for education IT spending by school districts surpassed
 $5.6 billion in 1999 and will be greater than $5.8 billion in 2001.
     Nearly every state has an initiative in legislation or on the books
 requiring school accountability for funding, which often drives IT spending.
 Information technology lowers the cost of tracking student attendance and
 performance.  Additionally, it allows schools to track expenditures.
     Many school districts and state departments of education establish
 multi-million dollar contracts with single vendors to supply IT solutions.
 However, the MLS specification gives education a way to build powerful IT
 systems by choosing products from dozens of vendors with interoperable
 products, thus reducing initial cost, vendor lock-in and complexity.
 
     A leader in bringing education to schools
     JES & Co. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit educational organization comprised of
 educators and education policy makers and the leading technology consultant
 for schools.  Founded in 1997, the organization has programs operating in
 18 states and hundreds of schools nationwide.  JES & Co. administers education
 programs and consults to departments of education at state and regional levels
 on projects that integrate technology with administration, content, and people
 throughout the education process.  The organization has developed and executed
 programs for secondary and post secondary schools that offer training and
 technical curriculum as well as opportunities for youth to earn school credit
 and compensation while learning about technology.  For more information about
 JES & Co., please visit www.jesandco.org.
 
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