To the Editor:
I write in response to Education Week‘s article “New Tech Standard Aims to Ease Sharing of Digital Roster Data.” The article inappropriately—and with no opportunity for response—quoted Rob Abel, the chief executive officer of IMS Global Learning Consortium, on his inaccurate depiction of Access 4 Learning (A4L) as an organization and its work in roster functionality, which is critical for software applications to be populated with learner information.
Since A4L was not allowed an opportunity to respond within the article, the quote by Abel appeared to be an attempt to discredit the 19 successful years of work accomplished by A4L-member schools, districts, states, and vendors.
Editor’s Note: The article has been updated to include a response from Access 4 Learning.
Larry L. Fruth II
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Access 4 Learning Community
A version of this article appeared in the March 16, 2016 edition of Education Week as Access 4 Learning Executive Defends Company’s ‘Successful’ History