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Overview

Education Agency

Arkansas Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Arkansas does not have educational technology standards.

Although Arkansas does not have specific education technology standards, K-12 Computer Science Standards were developed and implemented in the 2016-17 school year. 

State Digital Learning Plan

Arkansas has a State Digital Learning Plan.

Arkansas has an independent state level educational technology plan. The state revises the plan every 5 years.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Arkansas has requirements for district technology planning.

Independent district level educational technology plans are required by the state and are revised every 3 years. The state provides planning support through online webinars, face to face trainings, e-mail and website support, and videoconference training. The district technology plan’s data is used to support the Annual State Consortium E-Rate Application and state grant applications.

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Overview

In Arkansas, state procurement indicates that school district procurement functions under separate laws from those at the state level. Options for digital learning materials procurement is based upon the guidelines and authority formulated by the local school board. These laws are enumerated through A.C.A. §6-21-301 through 306. An example of procurement at the local level is illustrated by reviewing Fayetteville Board of Education meeting notes.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration does not utilized cooperative contracting vehicles. State procurement develops procurement documents, but ADOE and localities are responsible for development of specifications and administration of contracts/services or resources. Bids solicited by state procurement are published here.

Arkansas does not have a state procurement manual, but does publish extensive information for vendors and conducts monthly procurement classes.

Arkansas students have the opportunity to learn in a quality digital learning environment that will provide a solid foundation for succeeding in a digital world. Our mission is to provide resources and support to schools and stakeholders during the planning, implementation, and evaluation of quality digital learning environments. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, every student in Arkansas must take one digital course by the time of graduation per Act 1280.

 

 

 

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

Arkansas does not have a unique definition for accessible instructional/educational materials nor references the federal definition for accessible materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Arkansas does not have a definition for accessible technologies nor references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Arkansas has a definition for digital instructional materials.

3.02.3 Technology-based materials that require the use of electronic equipment in order to be used in the learning process.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

Arkansas has a definition for instructional materials/textbook that includes the option for digital instructional materials.

Instructional material means: Traditional books, textbooks, and trade books in printed and bound form;
3.02.2 Activity-oriented programs that may include:
3.02.1 Manipulatives;
3.02.2 Hand-held calculators; or
3.02.3 Other hands-on material; and
3.02.3 Technology-based materials that require the use of electronic equipment in order to be used in the learning process.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Arkansas does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

Arkansas does not provide guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible digital instructional materials for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

Guidance Outside of School

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

Policy - Adoption

Arkansas does not have an adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Arkansas does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Arkansas does not have a policy that includes the option to implement OER materials, however, the state does not have any rules or policies that preclude schools from using OER.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

Arkansas has a statute requiring the implementation of digital instructional materials.

The Digital Learning Act of 2013 (Act 1280 of 2013)Ark. Code Ann. 6-16-1401 through 6-16-1406 requires the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Arkansas does not provide information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

Arkansas does not provide information, examples or technical assistance to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible technologies.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

Arkansas does not provide guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

Arkansas does not have procurement guidelines specific to digital instructional materials.

Public school districts shall provide instructional materials, including the availability of any equipment needed to access the instructional materials, for all pupils attending the public schools of this state in kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12), inclusive, in all subjects taught in those grades, without cost to the pupils. School districts may select their own instructional materials, including the equipment needed to access the instructional materials. Any materials purchased with state funds shall be consistent with course content standards and curriculum frameworks.

Guidance – Publishers

Arkansas has procurement guidelines for companies interested in selling instructional materials in the state.

Businesses interesting and selling digital instructional materials should contact Learning Services and review the recent digital learning legislation. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2013/2013R/Acts/Act1280.pdf

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

Arkansas does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase digital devices.

Master Contract Instructional Materials

Arkansas does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase instructional materials.

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Arkansas posts adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Arkansas does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Division of Learning Services
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Arkansas does not have dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

Districts fund the purchase of digital instructional materials with general state funds and/or local initiatives.

Arkansas districts have the option to collaborate on the purchase of digital instructional materials.

Arkansas districts have the option to purchase digital instructional materials with local funds.

Arkansas districts have the option to leverage state agency purchasing for digital instructional materials.

Funding for Devices

Arkansas does not have dedicated funds for digital devices.

Each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices (hardware).

Funding for Special Purposes

Arkansas has a funding stream to purchase digital instructional materials for special purposes.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Arkansas 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

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

Open Educational Resources

Arkansas does not develop open educational resources.

Arkansas does not recommend/endorse open educational resources.

State Resource Repository

Arkansas has a state resource repository.

Educator’s Textbook Repository is managed by an independent resource organization.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

Arkansas has a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

Act 1280 focused on digital learning and provides guidance on reviewing digital instructional materials.

Open Educational Resources

Arkansas does not have a vetting process for open educational resources.

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