Process and Materials Overview

Selection Criteria

The following criteria were used to identify materials for the review process:

  1. Resource is openly licensed under a Creative Commons or other license that permits ALL of the following, free of charge:
    1. Reuse: the right to reuse the content in its unaltered/verbatim form
    2. Revise: the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself
    3. Remix: the right to combine the original or revised content with other content to create something new
    4. Redistribute: the right to share copies of the original content, the revisions, or the remixes with others
  2. 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.
  3. For mathematics: resource must be a full-course 6th–8th grade curriculum.
  4. For ELA: resource must be a 6th–8th grade English Language Arts unit covering 2-6 weeks of instructional time.

If materials did not meet the above selection criteria, they were not reviewed. While there are many excellent free resources available online, materials that 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.

While some OER developers requested to have their materials reviewed, the OSPI OER team also took the initiative to identify OER that met the scope of the review. Based on anticipated reviewer capacity and the scope of the materials being reviewed (full course for mathematics and thematic units for ELA), 10 mathematics resources and 20 ELA resources were selected for review.

See the Mathematics Findings and ELA Findings section of this report 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:

Applications from qualified educators interested in serving as OER reviewers were also solicited via the above pathways.