After 24 years in the K-12 education space, Achieve has shut its doors. Read the statement from Michael Cohen, President of Achieve here.
Our website www.achieve.org will remain available through December 31, 2020.
Former Achieve science team members have founded the NextGenScience project at WestEd where they will continue working with educators and partners across the nation to improve the quality of science education. Please visit their website and @NextGenScience to learn more about their work. They will continue to serve as stewards of the NGSS, sharing resources with the field through the nextgenscience.org website, NGSSNow newsletter, and @OfficialNGS.
All students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship.
Since 2012, seven states—California, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin—have agreed to work together in Achieve’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Institute. The goal of OER Institute is to bring these states together to discuss issues and policy barriers surrounding using OER in college- and career-ready standards implementation. In addition to describing this initiative and providing appendices that detail each of the seven OER Institute state’s efforts, this brief released in 2013 includes three potential areas for cross-state collaboration to support the use of OER:
- Establishing commonalities in defining quality
- Sharing quality, standards-aligned resources
- Sharing metadata about quality resources
The brief also describes four key findings to date from the OER Institute:
- States face a number of common challenges and barriers to implementation, including a lack of knowledge about OER and uncertainty about the quality of resources available online.
- Experts from multiple sectors, including standards, curriculum and technology, must work together to use OER successfully in CCSS implementation.
- States must develop a common understanding of processes for measuring quality and vetting resources.
- States must assess their technology and capacity needs to implement technology-based innovations.
Achieve will be continuing this work through providing virtual and in-person convenings for OER Institute states, providing state-specific assistance to implement plans related to OER and hosting OER materials review sessions.