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Utah's Open Textbook Projects

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 USBE staff.

OER Web Collections

Utah’s first OER project was science. USBE 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. Visit the Science Activities webpage to view all of the Online Interactive Activities that are included in each textbook.

Utah Science Standards 2019-20

K-12 Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) Standards 2020-21

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Secondary English Language Arts

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.

Close Reading Rubrics
Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grades 9 & 10Grades 11 & 12

Argumentative Writing Rubrics
Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grades 9 & 10Grades 11 & 12

Sample Student Performance Assessments
Grade 7Grade 9 & 10Grades 11 & 12 Grades 11 & 12

Presidential Writings Project
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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.


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Secondary Mathematics

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.

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Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Student Manual

USBE developed this law enforcement and criminal justice student manual in cooperation with the Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake.


For more information about Utah's Open Educational Resources, please contact the USBE content area specialist for that subject.


OER Web Collections

The CK-12 Foundation pairs high quality content with the latest technologies for free.
A community for teaching or studying: Create, share, and explore high quality K- 12 content.
Digital Learning Department, Washington Department of Public Instruction
Materials produced by the Washington OER Project.
Online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, lesson plans and activities, and open alternatives to textbooks.
Engage NY
Materials for grades Pre-K to 12 in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA).
The U.S. Office of Educational Technology initiative for districts to replace textbooks with openly licensed digital materials.
Find millions of open and free resources, collections, and courses in Gooru’s catalog.
Free educational resources for middle, high school and college students and instructors.
Open Educational Resources (IOER)
IOER provides you with open, standards-aligned educational and career content.
Illinois Learning Registry
The learning registry is a new approach to capturing, connecting and sharing data about learning resources available online.
Collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services.
OER Commons
Find free to use learning and teaching content from diverse content providers from around the world.
Online and Distance Learning
Annotated list of websites with OER (Open Educational Resources) for education teaching materials.
Free Online K-12 Resource library organized by grade, subject, standard and textbook.
A comprehensive listing of many helpful, accessible, amazing open education resources.
OpenStax CNX
Educational material in small modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports or other academic assignments.
A site designed to help you understand the OER movement and find OER resources.
Orange Grove
The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share, and contribute educational resources.
Smithsonian Learning Lab
Rich digital materials—more than a million images, recordings, and texts.
Unbound Ed
Free, standards-aligned resources and immersive training for teachers and school leaders.

OER Gems

Google Expeditions Pioneer Program
With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys.
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Over 580,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations


Additional Resources

Creative Commons Licenses
Tools to give everyone a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work.
Learning Registry Community Projects
Have you built a utility or extended core or done something cool for Learning Registry? List it on this page.
National Archives
The National Arhives provide educators and students with opportunities to teach with and learn from primary sources documents.
The National Science Digital Library
Online learning resources and organizations dedicated to the enhancement of STEM education.