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#GoOpen States

States are powerful collaborators in supporting and scaling innovation. With the launch of statewide #GoOpen initiatives, states are helping districts transition to a new model of learning by facilitating the creation of an open ecosystem of digital resources that can increase equity and empower teachers.
Joseph South, Director, Office of Educational Technology


The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning.

District and state leaders are working alongside innovators from education technology companies and nonprofit organizations to share effective strategies and ideas, create new tools and provide professional learning opportunities that help educators find, adapt, create, and share resources. Read our #GoOpen Exchange press release and our Open Education Symposium fact sheet for more on these commitments.

Why #GoOpen?

Openly licensed educational resources have enormous potential to increase access to high-quality education opportunities in the United States. Switching to openly licensed educational materials has enabled school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning. Visit our Open Education page to learn how resources that are openly licensed can benefit schools.

What it means to #GoOpen

Statewide #GoOpen initiatives are committed to supporting school districts and educators as they transition to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources in their schools.

#GoOpen States will:

  • Adopt/Implement a statewide technology strategy that includes the use of openly licensed resources as a central component.
  • Develop and maintain a statewide repository solution for openly licensed resources.
  • Develop the technical capability to publish OER to the Learning Registry.
  • Participate in a community of practice with other #GoOpen states and districts to share learning resources and professional development resources.
  • Create a webpage to share the commitment to #GoOpen and document the state‚Äôs progress.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a #GoOpen State, please email

#GoOpen States

Map showing all #GoOpen states in orange.

The 17 #GoOpen States includes:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina

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