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Open Educational Resources (OER) Stories, Policies and Resources

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is working to advance the understanding, adoption and implementation of open educational resources (OER) practices at state and district levels. 

This research represents the second phase of a 2014 initiative designed to explore the state of development and dissemination of OER, teaching materials licensed for free use and repurposing. CCSSO conducted a survey of states in May 2014, and produced a report titled "State of the States: Open Educational Resources in K-12 Education" highlighting examples of ongoing OER work. An update to the 2014 report is available here. As a follow-up to the initial report, the focus of this project expanded to include districts and educators working closely with OER. 

In collaboration with iNACOL, this second phase of research provides background and understanding of OER implementation at state and district levels, as well as a more detailed look at how OER can impact classroom practices. Participants selected for case study interviews are featured on this portal and are grouped by state, district or school. Selected participants were featured during a panel discussion at the 2015 iNACOL Symposium (#oerstories). 

This portal features the following:

  • State of the States: Open Educational Resources in K-12 Education: 2014 report and 2015 update
  • 10 case studies that showcase specific state, district and educator leaders working with OER
  • Resources for policymakers and educators
  • OER Partner organizations
  • The OER Fellow Blog

What is OER?

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge. (The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 2013).

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#GoOpen Campaign 

#GoOpen is a campaign led by the U.S. Department of Education that encourages states, school districts and educators to use OER to transform teaching and learning. The first cohort of #GoOpen states included 14 states across the U.S. You can find out more about the first cohort and its progress on the #GoOpen commitments here. If you’re interested in your state or district becoming a member of #GoOpen, please email

CCSSO is a supporter of #GoOpen and provides technical assistance to all states interested in OER.

The CCSSO OER Fellow Blog

Illinois Goes Open

Tuesday Aug 9, 2016

By: Delisa Morris

How could Open Educational Resources (OER) help all teachers across Illinois improve their classrooms? It all came down to the resources for the state's core #GoOpen team.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (Ed. Tech) on June 27 announced Illinois as the 15th #GoOpen state. As a #GoOpen state, Illinois is working with other #GoOpen states to share high quality resources that will have a powerful and lasting impact on instructional materials.

Before becoming a #GoOpen state, Illinois already had strong ties to the #GoOpen movement with an ambassador district in Williamsfield, Illinois and a few other launch districts throughout the state.
"Openly licensed educational resources will help our schools broaden access to high-quality learning experiences. By Illinois becoming a #GoOpen state, more teachers and administrators will be able to implement and transition to these cost-effective, content relevant resources" noted Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis.

The state is providing OER which supports the ability for teachers and districts to #GoOpen. Before Illinois became involved with OER, the state had a deficiency of resources. This deficiency led to #GoOpen being the right initiative at the right time for Illinois.

The case studies below feature the following leaders in OER:

Featured States 

North Carolina

Featured Districts


Coronado USD

GRANDVIEW Grandview School District

Natick Public Schools District

Featured Schools

Career Path High

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For Policymakers

Partner OER Organizations

Achieve  The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation International Association for K-12 Online Learning K-12 OER Collaborative SETDA

Contact: Layla Bonnot

Support for the site was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Thank you to our survey and case study participants and to iNACOL's 2015 OER Fellow, Amanda Cadran

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