The Washington K12 OER Project has just released the results of our review of full course Algebra I/Integrated Mathematics I and selected units in 11th-12th grade English Language Arts (ELA). This review was part of the legislative mandate to identify and develop a library of openly licensed courseware aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license. These resources may be used free of charge, distributed without restriction, and modified without permission.
OER Review Goals
1.Help educators select high-quality materials for their classrooms
2.Provide districts with information to help with materials adoptions and a replicable process and instruments to evaluate CCSS alignment of instructional material
3.Identify gaps in CCSS alignment that can be addressed by content creators or school district users
In ELA, reviewers found many choices for educators seeking ELA units with some alignment to the CCSS. In mathematics, reviewers found that OER are an emerging platform for mathematics curricula with alignment to the CCSS. For both the ELA and mathematics reviews, extensive reviewer notes provide an extremely valuable resource as educators and content developers tap into the most powerful feature of OER: the ability to freely adapt and redistribute materials to meet the specific needs of districts and students.
Visit the OSPI OER Review project website for the results of this OER review as well as the process and instruments used.
·This review process was not intended to rank the materials; rather, the results provide rich evaluator feedback on changes necessary to bring the OER resource into closer alignment with the CCSS.
·The results of this review do not represent an endorsement from OSPI as to the recommended use or adoption of the OER materials that were reviewed. OSPI does not require the use of any particular instructional materials, including OER, by districts or schools.
·Washington school districts have specific local policies and procedures that may govern the use and adoption of core and/or supplemental instructional materials. These should be reviewed as districts and buildings consider OER within their suite of instructional materials and resources.
·The results of this review represent a point in time in a continually evolving process of OER materials. They are intended as a resource for schools and educators, as well as content developers creating materials for those audiences.
·The instruments used in this review process were intentionally selected and are intended to be used in concert. The suite of instruments and process may be used with any instructional material, OER or published, to gauge CCSS alignment.
·For results of past OSPI instructional materials reviews, including state laws and guidance for the selection of instructional materials, visit the OSPI Instructional Materials Review and Resources website.