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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

Arkansas has a state digital learning plan.

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

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Arkansas has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

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.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Arkansas does not have digital learning standards for students.

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

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Overview

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

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

Arkansas does not have a unique definition or references the federal definition for accessible instructional/educational materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Arkansas does not have a unique definition for accessible technologies or references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

Definition for Instructional Materials

Arkansas has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

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.

Includes

Digital

OER

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Arkansas has a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Arkansas does not have a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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.

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Arkansas has a statute allowing 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.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

Arkansas has a statute requiring students to take an online course prior to graduation.

All students must take a single digital course for credit in grades 9-12.

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional 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 Accessible Technologies

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

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Arkansas has a process for the review of instructional materials.

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

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Arkansas does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Arkansas 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

Arkansas 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

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.

State Resource Repository

Arkansas has a state resource repository.

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

Includes

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Arkansas 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 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.

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.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

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

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Arkansas 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

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