This grant would enable Achieve to field test and refine rubrics for evaluating OER quality and alignment with national Common Core learning standards. These rubrics, generated from an earlier Hewlett Foundation grant, will be tested through offline focus groups and an online platform that Achieve will either build or adapt from existing tools. A key author of the Common Core State Standards, Achieve is recognized nationally for its work to raise academic standards in all states and recently received half of the federal Race to the Top funding for reforming assessment designs. It is therefore well positioned to push validated quality evaluation and alignment tools into the hands of schools and districts nationwide, especially tools embedded in technology platforms that use best practices for information design. This grant is key to this effort and would further both the Deeper Learning and OER components of the Education Program's strategy.
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of state adoptions of OER materials
Achieve plans to work with a set of states to support training in OER tools and guidelines developed under a previous grant. The project also intends to merge its work with the EQuIP project to support states as they move toward adoption of next-generation digital resources.
for developing instructional materials and new state assessments
For developing instructional materials and new state assessments.
for a 22-state initiative to evaluate alignment of instructional materials to the Common Core
This national leader in standards-based school reform proposes to expand its work with states in support of the Common Core. With this grant, Achieve would drive the educational marketplace to make high-quality instructional materials widely available as OER, advancing our goal of improving the quality of curricular materials.