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Utah has geared up to begin providing teachers, students, and parents with materials to support the Utah Core Standards, instruction, and teaching. Created by groups of content and teaching experts, including university faculty, district and school specialists, teachers, and USOE staff.
Utah’s first OER project was science. USOE has been working with science for over several years. We would like to recognize the support of the Hewlett Foundation, the CK12 Foundation, and Brigham Young University in development of these materials. (openedgroup.org/textbooks)
The Utah Core Standards support student access to increased non-fiction/informational text to ensure that all students are prepared to meet the reading and cognitive demands of college and careers. These Open Texts provide access to grade-leveled and grade-appropriate readings and learning tasks to support the Core by providing a wide range of informational and literary non-fiction texts. These texts have been assessed by teacher teams for text complexity by using both quantitative lexile level and qualitative criteria.
Grade Band 6-8: Using Informational Texts
Section One: Text Selections based on Text Complexity (pdf)
Note: The second edition of the Grade Band 9-10 and 11-12 digital books will be aligned to the new assessment system with sample performance tasks.
Presidential Writings Project
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Utah adopted the integrated mathematics model. This model is used throughout the world and provides students with the opportunity to learn and use topics in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and analysis in connected and relevant ways; it promotes a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Because Utah is one of the first states to move to this research-based, effective method of instruction, textbook publishers were not motivated to prepare materials to support instruction. The Mathematics Vision Project was instituted to address this need.
For more information about Utah's Open Educational Resources, please contact the USOE content area specialist for that subject.