To help illustrate the broad array of states and organizations that support and have made high-quality, standards-aligned OER a priority, Achieve is joined by states, partner organizations, and funders in signing the following letter. This letter of support outlines the need for high-quality resources and the benefits that OER can provide to support states and districts as they go about college- and career-ready standards implementation. If your state or organization is interested in signing this letter, please contact Hans Voss at email@example.com  or 202-745-2309.
A large amount of Open Educational Resources (OER) currently exist online and many more are being developed all the time. Many states, districts, and schools have found that OER offer a low-cost solution with high potential to assist teachers nationwide in helping students meet the demands of higher standards. Improving the availability of high-quality instructional materials aligned to college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards, can also help ensure quality instruction occurs in the classroom. OER can fill this need for better materials, especially OER that have been reviewed for quality and alignment using criterion-based tools. As leaders in state education agencies, nonprofit advocacy organizations, and foundations, we understand the need for better quality, fully-aligned instructional materials to support the implementation of these college- and career-ready standards. We furthermore understand the benefits of using materials that can be modified by teachers to better engage and meet the specific needs of diverse learners, thereby increasing local control of curricular materials as well as sharing of openly-licensed materials across schools, districts, and states. We join in supporting the use of high-quality and standards-aligned OER instructional materials in the implementation of college- and career-ready standards. We also support the use of rigorous review processes, using rubrics and other criterion-based tools to ensure the quality and alignment of OER to these new, higher standards. OER that are aligned to college- and career-ready standards can support learning that includes critical thinking and complex problem-solving, collaborative work and effective communication from students. Finally, when public funds are used, the instructional materials created should have open licenses, such as Creative Commons licenses. High-quality and standards-aligned OER have the benefits of: