Hewlett Foundation Awards $2 Million to Learning Accelerator

The , a Bay Area nonprofit working to implement high-quality blended learning in U.S. school districts, has announced a $2 million grant from the to create comprehensive, high-quality open educational resources aligned with state learning standards for K–12 mathematics and English language arts.

Every year, school districts across the country spend more than $8 billion on instructional materials. However, printed textbooks quickly fall into disrepair and their content becomes dated, while costly annual subscription fees for online content force many schools to lease classroom materials. Led by the , a twelve-state initiative that includes a variety of nonprofit organizations, the initiative aims to create free resources that enable all students to master foundational skills and knowledge and achieve college and career readiness.

States in the collaborative include Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, and Washington. The Learning Accelerator also announced the names of that will work with the collaborative to prototype educational content for review later this summer.

"The funding provided by the Hewlett Foundation and the Learning Accelerator's matching donors is an investment in our nation's future,” said Learning Accelerator CEO Scott Ellis. "Too many of our country's fifty million K-12 students and their teachers have gone too long with instructional materials that are, ironically, both costly and inadequate. Open educational resources are an important part of a comprehensive solution to improve student learning experiences and outcomes while freeing up budget dollars for other critical educational needs."

"." Learning Accelerator Press Release 04/16/2015.