These leaders from the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools highlight the potential of OER to address standards-alignment issues.
Superintendents Miller, Cotton, DeKlotz, Enfield, Holmes, Kirsch, Nagler, Ralston, and Vodicka point to “concerns that traditional publishers had not developed adequately aligned materials” as their motivation for exploring OER options.
Their districts “need alternatives,” and suggest that curriculum-scale OER is a promising option, saying:
“High-quality, curriculum-scale open educational resource options are increasingly available to districts, with all the features of traditional, publisher-offered curricula: student and teacher materials, scope-and-sequence guidance, and associated professional development.
Openly licensed core programs may even outpace publisher materials in quality…. Standards author Bill McCallum has developed an open educational resources math curriculum for nonprofit Open Up Resources which has garnered positive feedback in district pilots.
We highlight these curricula because of their apparent quality and the providers’ capacity to deliver the professional development sought by districts when adopting core programs. The cost-free content and the potential for open licensing to foster continuous improvement of the materials are also appealing. Openly licensed core programs allow districts to get the benefits of these resources while focusing staff time on excellent instructional design.”
The full editorial can be read on The Hechinger Report site.