The Hechinger Report posted the following piece (here) on Open Educational Resources. They highlight national efforts including a number of items matched to the Common Core State Standards. Of note is this:
In Wiley’s home state, 30 teachers and 6000 students have participated in a pilot, the Utah Open Textbook Project. The teachers adopted open textbooks that were free to read online and $5 for a printed copy in middle and high school science classes. Initially there was no difference in standardized test scores for students using a $5 book vs a $100 book, while current research reflects a slight improvement in learning for students who used the open resources.
We have highlighted a number of important OERs since the inception of the blog including the Basal Alignment Project, www.achievethecore.org, and America Achieves. It is another reminder that we can find resources, matched to the CCSS and the instructional shifts, without having to pay for them.