Procurement of digital materials on the approved state list are available at a rate negotiated by state contract and the procurement of devices is made through a bid or sole source. Funding for textbooks, library books, periodicals, computer software/hardware, consumable/non-consumable media supplies in Oregon continued to be provided through per-pupil allocation (common school fund) that is distributed based upon a formula that accounts for various characteristics such as student characteristics and location. Additional funding for instructional materials and services are provided through local levies, formula grants and federally-distributed resources.
Oregon’s textbook adoption policy covers all core instructional materials. Oregon does not require materials to be purchased and/or evaluated in digital format.
Chapter 581, Division 22, of the Oregon Administrative Rules provides Oregon’s Instructional Materials Adoption. Following adoption by the State Board of Education, school districts must do one of the following annually to assure that they are in compliance with the instructional materials adoption policies:
(1) Select and adopt from the list (ORS 337.050 and OAR 581-022-1640)
(2) Independently adopt instructional materials using the State Criteria (OAR 581-022-1622)
(3) Postpone adoption for up to two years (OAR 581-022-1650).
Oregon encourages the use of new digital instructional materials through professional development provided by the Oregon EdTech Professional Development Cadre.