About This Project

Launched in October 2015, the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) is an online database providing details regarding each state’s policies related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials. The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and its membership curated this database.

The goal of this portal is to provide a clear picture of each state’s instructional materials policies and practices to help encourage increased implementation of digital instructional materials. Educators, policy makers and the private sector executives all have the ability to review state policies and practices regarding the procurement and implementation of instructional materials in multiple ways including the ability to access individual state profiles, to compare up to five states and to make further comparisons via an interactive map that displays national trends. This work supports state and district leaders understanding of state policies related to procuring instructional materials (including non-traditional instructional materials, such as digital content) 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.

SETDA’s State Action Committee helped provide a comprehensive overview of state practices related to the procurement of digital instructional materials. As part of the research, SETDA interviewed lead educators from a variety of educational and government organizations, state instructional materials leads and state procurement officers. In addition, SETDA conducted a data collection of all 50 states and US territories regarding state policies and guidelines for the acquisition, vetting, and funding of instructional materials.

How to cite this source

Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States. SETDA. October 2015. dmaps.setda.org.

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Webinar Archive October 7, 2015 at 3pm ET

This webinar offers the opportunity to share state policies and practices related to the procurement of digital instructional materials, including exploring the flexibility in state policies and practices to encourage the implementation of digital learning resources. The webinar will launch the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS), a new, online database providing details regarding each state’s policies related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials. The goal of the portal is to provide a clear picture of each state’s instructional materials policies and practices to help encourage increased implementation of digital instructional materials. Educators, policy makers and private sector executives will all have the ability to review state policies and practices regarding the procurement and implementation of instructional materials including the ability to access individual state profiles, to compare states and make further comparisons via an interactive map that displays national trends. In addition, the webinar will offer the opportunity for questions and comments regarding a range of policy and practice issues related to digital content.

Presenters Include:

  • Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA
  • Kelly Callaway, Division Director, Instructional Materials and Educational Technology, Texas Education Agency
  • Allan Griffin, Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
  • Christine Fox, Director of Educational Leadership and Research, SETDA

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