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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 )
Adoption Policy Inclusion of Supplemental Materials
Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials
Definition for Accessible Technologies
Definition for Textbook/Instructional Materials
Definition of Digital Instructional Materials/Learning Resources/Digital Text
Digital Curriculum included in formal adoption policy
Formal Adoption Policy
Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials
Online Content included in the formal adoption policy
Open Education Resources Definition
Open Education Resources Policies
Policies /resources for digital instructional materials outside of the classroom
Software included in the formal adoption policies
Statutes Requiring Digital Instructional Materials Implementation
Textbook Definition include the option for digital instructional materials
Procurement (Download )
Accessibility Guidelines for Publishers
Digital Instructional Materials Procurement Guidelines
Guidelines for Instructional Materials Sales and Purchasing
Posting of Adopted Instructional Materials
Posting of Instructional Materials submitted for bid
Regional Purchasing Consortia
Sales and Purchasing Guidelines Accessible Instructional Materials
Sales and Purchasing Guidelines of Accessible Technologies
State Guidance for the purchase of Digital Devices
State Master Contract Electronic Devices
State Master Contract Instructional Materials
Dedicated funding for digital devices
Dedicated funds digital instructional materials
Funding stream to purchase of digital instructional materials for special purposes?
Option for buying collaborative to purchase digital instructional materials
Option to leverage state agency purchasing for digital instructional materials
Option to purchase digital instructional materials via state collaboration with non-profits.
Option to purchase digital instructional materials with local funds
Digital Learning Resources (Download )
Learning Management System
Open Education Resources Materials Developed by State
Open Education Resources Materials Developed in Collaboration with Others
Open Education Resources Materials Recommended/Endorsed by State
State Content Management System
State Contract: Learning Management System
State Master Contract: Content Management System
State Resource Repository
Review Cycle Full Course Materials
Review Process for Digital Instructional Materials
Vetting of Open Education Resources

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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