Open Educational Resources

As the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics are implemented, school districts will be looking for instructional material to meet the new standards. Open Educational Resources (OER) may help fill that need.

OER are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, and research. In April 2012, the Washington State Legislature passed bill HB2337 (RCW 28A.300.803), directing the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to create a collection of openly licensed courseware aligned to the common-core standards and an associated awareness campaign to inform school districts about these resources.

OER Overview one-page (pdf) Aug 19, 2013

OER Project Stakeholder Update (pdf) July 2014

OER materials review

OSPI’s OER Project has developed a review process that acts as a model for districts considering the adoption of full-course OER. The results of these reviews are a resource for schools and classrooms. OSPI will not require their use, and OSPI will not create new OER content.

In 2013, OSPI conducted a review of OER covering Algebra 1/Integrated 1 and 11th-12th grade English Language Arts. In 2014, we will review Geometry/Integrated Math 2 and 9th-10th grade English Language Arts. Reviewed OER Library

More about OER

  • What's happening with OER in Washington state? Keep abreast of current news about OER and upcoming events by checking News and Events.
  • Looking for OERs to use? The OSPI OER website contains links to other websites that are not under the control of OSPI, nor is OSPI responsible for the content. See the Suggested Sites page for the full notice and access to the links.
  • Want to learn more about using OER? View Project Resources.
  • Have other questions? Read answers to common questions on the FAQ page.


To learn more about the OER Project and get details on upcoming events, contact:

Barbara Soots
OER Program Manager
(360) 725-6102

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Creative Commons License
Materials produced by the Washington OER Project by Digital Learning Department, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License unless otherwise noted.