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< COSTP World History Project

This is a starter page for our major push to create an open content textbook that meets the California content standards for 10th grade World History.

Go to contents of the California Open Source Textbook Project's K-12 World History Project

California Content Standards

California Open Source Textbook Project (COSTP) COSTP is dedicated to writing content that strictly adheres to the California State Education framework for K-12 content in all disciplines - in this case, World History.

COSTP's aim is to use California State K-12 Standards to develop printed, open source textbooks that will be approved for adoption by California's State Board of Education for use in California public schools at far less cost than current commercial textbook offerings, thus helping the State of California save money (more than $200M per year) while providing more robust content for its public schools.

In order for open source books to pass peer review (and thus approval for public school adoption) at the California State Board level (this is also true in most other states), textbook content must conform to the written state K-12 education framework standard, or it can be specially submitted to the Governor for approval. This is a sine qua non for adoption; no exceptions are made.

The COSTP World History Project on Wikipedia is a placeholder pilot that is helping to prove the open source concept in the K-12 textbook sector. The COSTP World History Project has been successful in helping California education officials understand - even in its current basic beginnings - the value of the open source content approach applied to K-12 textbooks.

Lastly, COSTP has just begun to work with history textbook authors and others to begin to fill out content for this project. We invite all who love World History, and want to make a real contribution to young learners with superior content, to contribute to these pages.

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