Open Educational Resources
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation defines Open Educational Resources (OER) as "teaching, learning, and
research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an
intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."
The shift to the Common Core
State Standards and the renewed focus on college and career readiness requires
that educators have access to high-quality, rigorous materials that support student
learning. The goals of these competitions are to quickly generate a large number of
great items that can be used by educators to assess student learning and to identify
talented item writers who know the standards and are able to translate them into complex
and thoughtful tasks. We believe that by collecting and sharing these items as OER,
educators and students will benefit.