Various ESRI publications meet academic standards. For instance, volume 1 in the Our World GIS Education series, Thinking Spatially Using GIS, correlates to the National Geography Standards and National Science Education Standards, as well as technology standards.
This resource addresses multiple standards identified in the National Educational Technology Standards for Students, which were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). For more information about these standards, see
A growing body of research examines the student learning or outcomes, educator training, and software development associated with the use of GIS in educational settings. Numerous studies are included in a bibliography posted on the ESRI website: http://edcommunity.esri.com/research.
Specifically, the developer cites a report published in 2006 by the National Research Council, Learning to Think Spatially: GIS as a Support System in the K-12 Curriculum, as evidence of the educational value of GIS tools. This report advocates for learning opportunities where students cultivate and practice spatial thinking skills across disciplines by connecting to real-world contexts and solving problems using concepts of space and place.