Open Educational Resources (OER) Stories, Policies, and Resources

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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 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, and
  • OER Partner organizations.



Layla Bonnot



Date Published

November 2015


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