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Overview

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 and includes three sections.

  • At-a-Glance Tab: This current tab provides information and links to state digital learning plans, state requirements for district digital learning plans and whether states have digital learning standards for students.
  • Instructional Materials Tab: Visit the Instructional Materials tab to learn more about acquisition of instructional materials including definitions, guidelines and policies, state review processes, digital learning resources and funding.
  • Procurement Tab: This tab provides valuable information about state procurement for state and district leaders, as well as companies.

DIGITAL LEARNING PLANS & STANDARDS

State Digital Learning Plan

Alaska does not have a state digital learning plan.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Alaska does not have requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Alaska does not require district level educational technology plans, but encourages technology planning as part of other required district and school level plans.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Alaska has digital learning standards for students.

Alaska has state specific educational technology standards.

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Overview

The Alaska Learning Network (AKLN), a coalition of all 54 Alaska School Districts managed by the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and Advisory Board uses digital instructional materials. The Alaska Digital Teaching initiative (DTi) program encourages the implementation of digital instructional materials.The Alaska Department of Education provides review tools for the new materials in terms of the Alaska English/Language Arts and Mathematics Standards. The Alaska Legislature appropriated $4 million for the Alaska DTi program and has provided funding in the past to the Alaska Learning Network. Alaska does not have a textbook review/approval process at the state level. Selecting DLR content is a district, school, department chair or teacher initiated process. There are no state laws restricting local selection and purchase of DLRs.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

Alaska has a unique definition or references the federal definition for accessible instructional/educational materials.

As per the Alaska State Guidance for Special Education Personnel (January 2017), Chapter 111: “Accessible instructional materials (AIM) are print materials that have been transformed into specialized formats of braille, large print, audio, or digital text to meet the needs of students with print disabilities…. IEP Teams must ensure that assistive technology required to access instructional materials is available at no cost to any student with a disability “…who needs devices or services for supplementary aids and services in regular classes or in the child’s home or other setting in order to receive a FAPE.” (4 AAC 52.148; for a federal definition of assistive technology, see § 602[1]). Districts own (and must maintain) equipment they purchase.”

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Alaska has a unique definition for accessible technologies or references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

As per the Alaska State Guidance for Special Education Personnel (January 2017), Chapter 111: “Accessible instructional materials (AIM) are print materials that have been transformed into specialized formats of braille, large print, audio, or digital text to meet the needs of students with print disabilities…. IEP Teams must ensure that assistive technology required to access instructional materials is available at no cost to any student with a disability “…who needs devices or services for supplementary aids and services in regular classes or in the child’s home or other setting in order to receive a FAPE.” (4 AAC 52.148; for a federal definition of assistive technology, see § 602[1]). Districts own (and must maintain) equipment they purchase.”

Definition for Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Alaska does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Alaska has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

AS 14.07.050. Selection of Textbooks. Textbooks for use in the public schools of the state, including a district offered statewide correspondence study program, shall be selected by district boards for district schools. Nothing in this section precludes a correspondence study student, or the parent or guardian of a correspondence study student, from privately obtaining or using textbooks or curriculum material not provided by the school district.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have a statute requiring the implementation of digital instructional materials.

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have a statute allowing the implementation of digital instructional materials.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

Alaska does not have a statute requiring students to take an online course prior to graduation.

Guidance Outside of School

Alaska does not provide guidance to LEAs in the use of digital instructional materials outside of the classroom.

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Alaska provides guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible digital instructional materials for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

Via the Alaska Center for Accessible Media (akCAM), program-specific support is provided to LEAs.

Guidance Accessible Technologies

Alaska provides guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible technologies for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

As per the Alaska Guidance for Special Education Personnel, pg 146: “Alaska provides NIMAS support through the Alaska Center for Accessible Media (www.akcam.org) project at Assistive Technology of Alaska (www.atlaak.org). Upon request, ATLA will search for (or may be contracted to generate) materials in NIMAS approved format and make these materials available for purchase by districts. Districts need to provide ATLA with an Eligibility Form, and a Textbook Request Form. ATLA can also provide staff AIM trainings and support to LEAs.”

Guidance Inclement Weather

Alaska does not provide guidance to districts for possible solutions to scheduling issues posed by inclement weather.

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have a process for the review of instructional materials.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

Alaska does not have a process for the review of instructional materials outcomes.

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Alaska does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

Alaska does not require districts to purchase state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

Alaska does not require districts to follow the state review process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have an Education Service Agency (ESA) or other regional organization that has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Posting Reviewed Instructional Materials

Alaska does not have an ESA or other regional organization that posts reviewed instructional materials.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Alaska does not have a state hosted content management system or a state master contract for a content management system available to schools and districts.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Alaska does not have a state hosted learning management system or state master contract for a learning management system available to schools and districts.

State Resource Repository

Alaska does not have a state resource repository.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Alaska does not have dedicated state funding.

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Partner with non-profits

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Overview

In the state of Alaska, the procurement of devices and instructional materials is completed at the local level. There is no legislation that requires adoption of specific Digital Learning Resources (DLRs) by the state or localities, but there is an expectation that DLR align to Alaska’s educational standards.

Guidance – Publishers

Alaska does not have procurement guidelines for companies interested in selling instructional materials in the state.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Alaska does not have guidelines for commercial or OER publishers, developers, or vendors related to accessibility features in products/services.

The State of Alaska includes an administrative assurance in its annual 6B/619 grant application, to which LEAs assure that they will: “When purchasing core instructional print materials the district will acquire those instructional materials in the same manner, and subject to the same conditions as an SEA under 34 CFR 300.172 by making every attempt to ensure that the publisher sends (at no additional cost) electronic files containing the contents of the print instructional materials using the NIMAS standard to the National Instructional Materials Center (NIMAC). The district will, if not coordinating with NIMAC, provide instructional materials to blind persons or other persons with print disabilities in a timely manner.” Assurances are subject to compliance monitoring.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

Alaska does not have a request for proposals/request for information process.

State Master Contract - Contract with State

Alaska does not have state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the state.

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

Alaska does not have state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the publisher.

State Pricing Negotiation

Alaska does not negotiate prices with publishers, vendors during the RFP/RFI process, and districts may purchase the materials directly from the vendor.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

Alaska does not manage regional groups that participate in regional purchasing consortia for instructional materials.