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Friday, February 26, 2016

CCSSO Supports State #GoOpen Initiatives

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2016) -- Today, 13 states announced their #GoOpen initiatives at the #GoOpen Exchange event in San Francisco. Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin are the first group of states across the country to join #GoOpen.  

The #GoOpen initiative is a project of the U.S. Department of Education that recognizes states, local school districts and organizations working together to share knowledge and experiences to help educators transition to using openly licensed educational resources (OER).

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) supports states in their efforts to transition to OER, including the #GoOpen initiative. As part of our support, CCSSO has surveyed states, districts, and educators on their current OER policies and practices and made the results available nationally. In 2015, CCSSO launched its OER Portal to showcase the stories, policies and practices to connect policymakers and educators to relevant resources and partner organizations.

"CCSSO supports the use of open educational resources in states as part of our commitment to equity and making sure all students and teachers have access to high-quality materials," says Chris Minnich, CCSSO Executive Director. "CCSSO is excited about this work, and will continue to support any interested state as they transition to OER."

As part of #GoOpen, these 13 states were recognized for their commitment to a statewide technology strategy that includes the use of openly-licensed resources as a central component, developing and maintaining a statewide repository solution for openly licensed resources, and participating in a community of practice with other #GoOpen states and districts to share learning and professional development resources.

"States are powerful collaborators in supporting and scaling innovation. They can connect forward thinking educators, share effective ideas and approaches widely, amplify successes, and can support districts in leveraging limited resources," says Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. "With the launch of statewide #GoOpen initiatives, states are helping districts thoughtfully transition to a new model of learning by facilitating the creation of an open ecosystem of digital resources that can increase equity and empower teachers."

To learn more about #GoOpen commitments made by states, school districts, and technology companies, visit http://tech.ed.gov/open.  

For more details on CCSSO's work on OER, visit http://www.ccsso.org/oer.

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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.