Utah does not procure resources for schools or districts on a statewide level. Each school district has the constitutional authority, from state and/or local resources, to procure and use digital resources and innovative educational technologies as they deem appropriate to meet educational goals and requirements. Districts may use allotted funds for the purchase of technology as determined by local boards of education. The state provides a Recommended Instructional Materials System (RIMS) which is utilized by most districts, and includes contracted prices that are guaranteed for five years. The Favored Nation Status guarantees district and local education agencies the lowest price offered anywhere in the state. Funding for Digital Learning Resources (DLRs), including hardware and digital curriculum is available through state equipment funds and textbook funds (textbook funds can be used to purchase electronic equipment).
Utah does not have legislation that requires adoption of specific DLRs by the state or localities, but there is an expectation that DLR align to Utahs standards of learning. Utah has a textbook review/approval process that is reviewed by the highly qualified teachers and subject area specialists. All subject areas are reviewed each year, however, districts may choose to use non-state approved textbooks. Reviews of materials are posted on a target website during the 5 year contract period. The Utah State Board of Education approves a recommended list of instructional materials twice yearly as a service to districts in the selection of instructional materials. This procedure is mandated by law since 1907 however, districts are free to select materials that are not on the list. To encourage the implementation of digital instructional materials, Utah has developed OER digital resources and a state driven one-to-one initiative that encourages districts to acquire technology.