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The Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) is an online database providing state and territory policies and practices related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials in K12 education. This work supports state and district leaders’ understanding of state policies related to procuring instructional materials to best meet the individual needs of students and can potentially impact policy changes. In addition, publishers of instructional materials, technology developers, and investors can learn more about the relative friendliness of states to encourage innovation with respect to digital instructional materials.

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  • Overview of states policies/practices
  • State trends via heat map
  • Compare up to 5 states by topic
  • Individual state profiles
  • Print and download options
  • District exemplars
  • State educational technology background details

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Guidelines and Policies (Download )
Policy - Adoption Policy Includes Supplemental Materials
Definition - Digital Instructional Materials/Learning Resources
Policy - Adoption Policy Includes Digital Curriculum
Policy - Adoption Policy
Policy - Adoption Policy Includes Online Content
Definition - Open Educational Resources
Policy - Open Educational Resources
Guidance - Use of Digital Instructional Materials Outside of the Classroom
Policy - Adoption Policy Includes Software
Policy - Statute to Implement Digital Instructional Materials
Definition - Instructional Materials/Textbook Includes Option for Digital Materials
Definition - Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials
Definition - Accessible Technologies
Guidance - Implementation of Accessible Materials
Procurement (Download )
Guidance - Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials
Guidance - Publisher Requirements
Post Adopted Instructional Materials
Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid
Guidance - Acquisition of Digital Devices
Master Contracts for Instructional Materials
Master Contracts for Digital Devices
Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia
Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Instructional Materials
Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Technologies
Guidance - Publisher Requirements - Accessibility Features
Funding for Digital Devices
Funding for Digital Instructional Materials
Funding for Special Purposes
Districts May Collaborate for Funding of Digital Instructional Materials
Districts May Leverage State Purchasing Contracts to Fund Digital Instructional Materials
Districts May Collaborate with Non-Profits for Funding of Digital Instructional Materials
Districts May Acquire Digital Instructional Materials with Local Funds
Digital Learning Resources (Download )
Open Educational Resources - Recommended/Endorsed by the State
State Resource Repository
Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract
Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract
Open Education Resources Materials Developed by State
Review Process for Digital Instructional Materials
Vetting Process for Open Educational Resources
Review Cycle Supplemental Materials

National Snapshots


States with Formal Adoption Policies

The highlighted states have formal adoption policies for digital instructional materials. Some states have formal adoption policies and still provide the option for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to adopt alternate materials Typically, states without formal adoption policies provide LEAs with complete autonomy regarding the adoption of instructional materials.


Textbook Definition Includes Digital Instructional Materials

The highlighted states have a textbook or instructional materials definition that includes the option for digital instructional materials. Several states still title the definition as a “textbook” definition and then include terms such instructional materials, digital tools, etextbooks, digital resources or even “content to serve as a tool for instruction.


State Resource Repositories

The highlighted states host or coordinate online state resource repositories with digital instructional materials for teachers and students in their state. Some states offer these resources to the general public and others limit the access to educators or students with state credentials.


A variety of states, school districts and schools provided examples of digital instructional materials implementation. Click below to view examples of the policies in practice.

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