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Monday, March 02, 2015

Achieve Releases State Policy Recommendations on OER

Achieve recently released a set of state policy recommendations for providing educators with access to high-quality standards-aligned Open Educational Resources (OER). The recommendations highlighted below draw from Achieve's work with its OER Institute states over the past two years:

  • States should develop strategies for using OER to support college- and career-ready standards implementation. These strategies should include goals and relevant timelines as well as an individual or team of individuals to lead these efforts.
  • States and districts should use specific criteria and review processes to measure alignment to the college- and career-ready standards to ensure that OER being used meet the level of quality needed to support teaching to those standards.
  • States and districts should use OER to leverage common standards as an opportunity for collaboration in the development, refinement and continuous improvement of OER instructional materials.
  • States and districts should include OER in professional learning activities. This professional learning can increase knowledge and awareness of OER and their benefits and bolster the reputation of OER among educators, administrators and other stakeholders as materials that can be of high quality.

Achieve has also recently developed a set of OER communications resources, an updated set of OER Institute state profiles, and a guide for using the OER and EQuIP rubrics to evaluate curricular and instructional materials.

As part of the release of these resources, Achieve will highlight both the policy recommendations as well as efforts in states to advance OER during a webinar on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at ­­3:30 p.m.­ Eastern/12:30 p.m. Pacific as part of the Open Education Week activities.  

To join the webinar on March 11,
1. Go to: CLICK HERE
2. If requested, enter your full name and email address.

To join the teleconference only,
Call-in toll-free number: 1 (800) 697-5978
Passcode: 6270 000#