Process and Materials Overview
The following criteria were used to identify materials for the review process:
- Resource is openly licensed under a Creative Commons or other license that permits ALL of the following, FREE of charge:
- Reuse: the right to reuse the content in its unaltered/verbatim form
- Revise: the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself
- Remix: the right to combine the original or revised content with other content to create something new
- Redistribute: the right to share copies of the original content, the revisions, or the remixes with others
- Resource must be able to be housed in an open courseware repository or able to be accessed at no cost to school districts. Terms of access cannot be altered after a given time period.
- For mathematics: resource must be a full-course Algebra 1 OR Integrated Math 1 resource aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
- For ELA: resource must be an 11th - 12th grade English Language Arts unit aligned to the Common Core ELA Writing Standards 4 through 10. The unit must also cover one OR both of the following:
- Reading standards for literature 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 for grades 11-12
- Reading standards for informational text standards 1-10
If materials did not meet the above selection criteria they were not reviewed. While there are many excellent free resources available online, materials which included a “no derivatives” clause were not included in this review. Resources that included links to embedded supplemental material (such as a video, interactive object, or document) with a license type that allowed unrestricted digital viewing but not adaptation were acceptable.
Based on anticipated reviewer capacity and the scope of the materials being reviewed (full-course for mathematics and thematic units for ELA), 7 mathematics resources and 20 ELA resources were selected for review.
See the OSPI OER Project website for a complete list of reviewed resources.
Notification of Review
Notification of OSPI’s review process and a solicitation for materials were distributed through multiple channels:
- Statewide memo and notice to ESD superintendents and assistant superintendents, school district superintendents, assistant superintendents/curriculum directors, school building principals, school district communications, educational technology directors, and public information officers.
- Washington Curriculum Advisory and Review Committee (CARC) (pdf)
- Northwest Educational Resources Association (NWERA)
- Washington Library Media Association (WLMA)
- OSPI Instructional Materials Reviews and Supports website
- Achieve OER Institute
Applications from qualified educators interested in serving as OER reviewers were also solicited via the above pathways.
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