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Advocacy & Guiding Principles


  • working to become the voice for the efficient and secure real-time exchange of student data from initial access of the student from high school into the college environment through successful completion of the education experience and into the workforce.

  • driving the open, transparent, community-based, collaborative development and alignment of data across disparate systems and across sectors; and, eliminating incompatible interfaces that disrupt student achievement and inflate costs for institutions, states, government agencies and schools struggling to keep up with the demands of technology while maintaining competitive tuition and/or spending rates.

  • building a core competency in XML architecture and data modeling, web services and service oriented architecture (SOA), federations and cloud-based data services, data standards & exchange & overall interoperability; and provides the infrastructure by serving as a data standards-setting body for education.

  • collaborating throughout all of education to seek out strong partnerships with leading public and private stakeholders to identify tools and best practices and proven sustainable solutions for adoption and implementation.

PESC's strength and influence are derived from the direct actions and participation of its membership and collaborating within the Education community continues to bring us closer to our mutual goals. By joining PESC, you join the rest of the education technology, data, research and policy communities in this mission.

Powered by the strength and expertise of volunteers from its membership base, PESC maintains a trusting, open and transparent environment.

We call it COOPETITION - that is COOPERATION among COMPETITORS...for the greater common good of student achievement.

With this unique community perspective, together we are breaking down costly, proprietary barriers, and we have mapped out a common, strategic path for the future. This path includes continued development of:

  • common data standards
  • establishment and support of common data networks and infrastructure
  • common authentication and web services protocols enterprise-wide
  • seamless connections bridging postsecondary education systems to secondary and labor and workforce systems
  • emerging technologies like social networking

Together we are not only helping students across the country and all over the world, but with transparent collaboration as our cornerstone principle, we are supplying:

  • state administrators
  • government officials
  • researchers
  • CIOs
  • admissions officers
  • registrars
  • financial aid & business officers
  • architects & information technologists

among many others, the tools they need to do their jobs better.

The political will and demand for improvement have never been greater and continue to increase with time as budgets tighten and common solutions like standardization are being viewed as wise, cost-saving investments.

With membership and participation from all leading stakeholders in education, PESC serves as the umbrella organization to coordinate and advocate for student-centric data standardization & interoperability across P20W education.

We boldly accept that mission and work diligently to continue our proven record of success and achievement.

We now elevate the mission to the next level.

Join the Effort.

Join the Community.

Join PESC.

Shifting Paradigms Affecting Data Standards

  • Major characteristics of students including the length of time for study among other traditional aspects are no longer the majority factors
  • Each year the rates of transfer students, adult learners, and dually enrolled and simultaneously enrolled students are increasing
  • Policy makers are promoting the need and importance of data driven decision-making
  • To facilitate student achievement, barriers preventing easier access to longitudinal data and data alignment along the entire student lifecycle P20W must be overcome
  • Real-time data exchange and inquiry demands are emerging


CLICK TO READLaws & Regulations on Data Standards-Setting Bodies
Statutory Standards-Setting Participation Requirements for All Federal Agencies

This document contains exact language from the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-119 (63 FR 8545) and the Higher Education Act (as amended) that dictates how US federal agencies are required to participate in standards-setting bodies.

PESC Guiding Principles

1) No single law or mandate can standardize Education in its entirety

2) Open, transparent, collaboration - our cornerstone principle - through PESC, a neutral objective third party, levels the playing field and allows a trusting, centralized environment. "Coopetition", creation of an environment of "cooperation among competitors" for the greater common good of student achievement, emerges as the unifying value

3) PESC community agrees to not compete on data exchange...that the education network/super highway is a necessary commodity

4) Standards development is student-centric, community-sourced, consensus-based and implementation is voluntary

5) PESC community agrees to compete on price and service

6) PESC itself does not benefit whatsoever from the standards agreed upon by the education community

7) Ability to rely on consistent, accurate data standards saves time, money, and frees administrators up to focus on the needs of students


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