New Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) Site Features Open Data and Mobile-Friendly Design


Visit the new Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) Homepage!

We are excited to announce that a beta version of FREE’s new website will launch tonight!

The new version of the Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) is powered by the Learning Registry, an open database for sharing digital learning resources. This partnership will provide our customers – educators, parents and students – with a broader inventory of educational materials from federal agencies and public and private organizations. More than 200,000 freely available resources are included in the new FREE.

The new site incorporates responsive design for mobile devices. This means FREE looks great and works well for customers on smartphones and tablets.

By modernizing the technology behind FREE, we are preparing a platform for future enhancements. It now will be easier to share content in FREE on social media networks. We envision crowdsourcing expertise from the education community and incorporating more customer-generated input in the future. We are considering new features so customers can rate, tag, and comment on specific resources, as well as save their favorites for future reference.

The new FREE is a work in progress. While new FREE is still in beta, we will be maintaining the previous version of FREE at

We welcome your feedback on the new FREE! Send us your comments and ideas at or on Twitter @FreeResources.

FREE is maintained by the Office of Communications and Outreach and the Office of Educational Technology at the United States Department of Education in partnership with the Advanced Digital Learning Initiative.

Jill James is web director at the U.S. Department of Education

Disclaimer: The U.S. Department of Education does not mandate or prescribe particular curricula or lesson plans. FREE contains links to learning resources created and maintained by other public and private organizations.  This information is provided for the visitor’s convenience and is included here as an example of the many resources that educators may find helpful and use at their option.  The U.S. Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.

Further, the inclusion of links to items does not reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or materials provide.