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Friday, September 23, 2016

CCSSO Supports Efforts to Expand OER

The Council of Chief State School Officers this week voiced support for the U.S. Department of Education's efforts to expand open educational resources (OER), specifically its proposed rule on an open licensing requirement for direct grant programs.

CCSSO staff and state members participated in a listening session at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on September 20 to show why the proposed rule will benefit students.

"CCSSO supports this rule and continues to see an increased demand for open educational resources (OER) from our state members along with an increased interest in the sharing of OER materials. CCSSO supports the use of OER as part of its commitment to equity and making sure all students and teachers have access to high-quality materials," CCSSO emphasized in its submission for the listening session.

The submission also outlined that states are not only committed to OER, but they are making progress on their commitments. Specifically, today we have commitments from 67 #GoOpen districts, 17 #GoOpen states and 4 platform providers.

CCSSO made this submission in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education and Lumen Learning. For more information on the progress states are making, please read CCSSO's full submission at the listening session.

In addition, CCSSO submitted public comments in support of the proposed rule in December 2015.

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.