What We Teach: K-12 School District Curriculum Adoption Process, 2017

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OER K-12 Attitudes/Benefits/Challenges

Awareness of copyright and the public domain is much higher among districts than is awareness of Creative Commons licensing. Nearly three-quarters of respondents claim some level of awareness of OER, but this drops to only one-third when awareness of licensing is included. Only 40% of districts have any level of awareness of the federal #GoOpen campaign.

Sample Description:

Analysis for this report includes responses from 584 K-12 school districts. These responses represent 48 states and the District of Columbia. The average number of students for the reporting districts was 6,278, with the overall sample accounting for 3,490,735 students.

OER K-12 Usage: Current and Past

K-12 school districts have a greater degree of awareness of OER materials than of OER concepts and definitions. Two-thirds of all districts are aware of at least one OER full-course curriculum, with 37% having actively considered at least one for adoption. A full 16% of districts have adopted at least one full-course OER curriculum.

Respondents were presented with a list of K-12 full-course curricula materials, all of which are classified as OER, covering a total of 14 different combinations of subject area and publishers.

Sample Description:

Analysis for this report includes responses from 584 K-12 school districts. These responses represent 48 states and the District of Columbia. The average number of students for the reporting districts was 6,278, with the overall sample accounting for 3,490,735 students.

Sample: 

Analysis for this report includes responses from 584 K-12 school districts. These responses represent 48 states and the District of Columbia. The average number of students for the reporting districts was 6,278, with the overall sample accounting for 3,490,735 students.

Summary: 

The objective of this study is to better understand the process by which K-12 school districts select curricula materials. The project is focused on adoption decisions in four critical subject areas: Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and History and Social Studies. The report focuses exclusively on materials that provide a full-course curriculum. Supplemental materials, or curricula materials that are used for only a portion of a course, are specifically excluded.

All results included in this report represent respondents who are knowledgeable of the adoption process for their district. The largest faction of survey respondents led the decision process for their district, while other respondents were participants in the process, with or without a decision role.

Citation: 

Babson Survey Research Group (2017). What We Teach: K-12 School District Curriculum Adoption Process. Retrieved from https://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/k12oer2017/whatweteach_2017...

Publish Year: 
2017