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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

Florida has a state digital learning plan.

Florida has a statewide 5-year strategic technology plan, required in s. 1001.20, Florida Statutes.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Florida has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Florida has a requirement for districts to submit a technology plan that is tied to the Digital Classroom Plan and includes five areas:

  • Student Performance Outcomes
  • Digital Learning and Technology Infrastructure
  • Professional Development
  • Digital Tools
  • Online Assessment Support

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Florida does not have digital learning standards for students.

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Overview

All review of instructional materials is an online process and includes digital instructional materials. The specifications describe the courses for which materials are being sought, as well as cite the standards that the instructional materials are expected to meet. In addition, they contain the research base that outlines the components of effective instructional materials. The evaluation forms are developed from the research contained in the instructional materials specifications document. Each reviewer is responsible for completing and submitting an evaluation electronically for each assigned publishers submission on or before the deadline. Each submission shall be evaluated at the individual benchmark level for accuracy and completeness, as well as holistically for overall value as an instructional tool.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Florida does not have a unique definition for accessible educational/instructional materials in state statute or in state rule. Rather, definitions on accessibility are provided through technical assistance papers (TAP), guidance papers, and resource materials. The Federal Definition of accessible instructional materials as noted in IDEA 2004 (20 U.S.C. [United States Code] 1474(e)(3)(C)) has been provided to all Florida LEAs through technical assistance papers (TAP), and resource materials on AIM. Updated information on accessible educational materials are currently under review. Section 1006.29, Florida Statutes (F.S.) defines instructional materials as “items having intellectual content that by design serve as a major tool for assisting in the instruction of a subject or course”; and further specifies that they are available in bound, unbound, kit or package form; include hardback or softback textbooks, electronic content, consumables, learning laboratories, manipulatives, electroni

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Florida does not have a unique definition for accessible educational/instructional materials in state statute or in state rule. Rather, definitions on accessibility are provided through technical assistance papers (TAP), guidance papers, and resource materials. The W3C Principles of Accessibility have been provided to Florida’s LEAs through resource materials, technical assistance, and professional development activities as the guidelines for accessibility to digital technologies.

Definition for Instructional Materials

Florida has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

For purposes of state adoption, the term “instructional materials” means items having intellectual content that by design serve as a major tool for assisting in the instruction of a subject or course. These items may be available in bound, unbound, kit, or package form and may consist of hardback or softbacked textbooks, electronic content, consumables, learning laboratories, manipulatives, electronic media and computer courseware/software. A publisher or manufacturer providing instructional materials as a single bundle shall also make the instructional materials available as separate and unbundled items. A publisher may also offer sections of state-adopted instructional materials in digital or electronic versions at reduced rates to districts, schools, and teachers.

Includes

Digital

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Florida does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Florida has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

Each district school board is responsible for the content of all instructional materials used in a classroom, whether adopted and purchased from the state-adopted instructional materials list, adopted and purchased through a district instructional materials program under s. 1006.283, or otherwise purchased or made available in the classroom. For more information:http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/5574/urlt/2015-2016_Policies_and_Procedures_Final.pdf

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State statute states that each district school board shall use its annual allocation only for the purchase of instructional materials that align with state standards and are included on the state-adopted list, except as otherwise authorized in paragraphs (b) and (c).

(b) Up to 50 percent of the annual allocation may be used for:

1. The purchase of library and reference books and nonprint materials.

2. The purchase of other materials having intellectual content which assist in the instruction of a subject or course. These materials may be available in bound, unbound, kit, or package form and may consist of hardbacked or softbacked textbooks, novels, electronic content, consumables, learning laboratories, manipulatives, electronic media, computer courseware or software, and other commonly accepted instructional tools as prescribed by district school board rule.

3. The repair and renovation of textbooks and library books and replacements for items which were part of previously purchase.

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Florida has a statute allowing the implementation of digital instructional materials.

State statute states that each district school board shall use its annual allocation only for the purchase of instructional materials that align with state standards and are included on the state-adopted list, except as otherwise authorized in paragraphs (b) and (c).

(b) Up to 50 percent of the annual allocation may be used for:

1. The purchase of library and reference books and nonprint materials.

2. The purchase of other materials having intellectual content which assist in the instruction of a subject or course. These materials may be available in bound, unbound, kit, or package form and may consist of hardbacked or softbacked textbooks, novels, electronic content, consumables, learning laboratories, manipulatives, electronic media, computer courseware or software, and other commonly accepted instructional tools as prescribed by district school board rule.

3. The repair and renovation of textbooks and library books and replacements for items which were part of previously purchase.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Florida Statute 1003.4282 lists an online course as a required element prior to graduation. http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7764/urlt/1415fowardflyer.pdf

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

Florida’s AT & UDL Loan Library includes access to accessibility solutions and instructional technologies (interactive whiteboards, interactive displays, virtual reality technologies, student response systems, mobile technologies, cloud based technologies, assistive technologies, augmentative communication systems) along with professional development support for the use of these and related technologies by learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.Support, professional development, instructional materials, and assistive technology for students who are blind or visually impaired is provided through the Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired. Support, professional development, instructional materials, and assistive technology support for students who are deaf or hard of hearing is provided through the Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Support and professional development for students with disabilities in general is p

Guidance Accessible Technologies

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

The Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, supports a statewide online Assistive Technology & Universal Design for Learning (AT & UDL) Loan Library. Training and support for the selection and acquisition of accessible technologies is provided through multiple state and federally supported discretionary projects and through a network of Local Assistive Technology Specialists who serve all Florida LEAs.

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Florida has a process for the review of instructional materials.

All review of instructional materials is an online process and includes digital instructional materials. The specifications describe the courses for which materials are being sought, as well as cite the standards that the instructional materials are expected to meet. In addition, they contain the research base that outlines the components of effective instructional materials. The evaluation forms are developed from the research contained in the instructional materials specifications document. Each reviewer is responsible for completing and submitting an evaluation electronically for each assigned publishers submission on or before the deadline. Each submission shall be evaluated at the individual benchmark level for accuracy and completeness, as well as holistically for overall value as an instructional tool.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

Florida has a process for the review of instructional materials outcomes.

Other

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Florida does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Florida 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

Florida 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

Florida 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

Florida 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

Florida does not have a state resource repository.

Florida hosts instructional materials center that are specific to students with sensory impairment and outlined in Florida Statute

Both these project receive dedicated state funding for the production of braille, large print, captioned materials, and other materials specific to the needs of students with sensory impairments.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Florida has dedicated state funding.

State funds are provided directly for the purchase of instructional materials via a state budget instructional materials line item that includes the option to purchase instructional materials and/or does not prohibit the purchase of digital instructional materials. State funds are provided through the Digital Classroom Plan allocation that may be used for digital devices. Digital devices may also be purchased with instructional materials funding.

Florida also has 2 instructional materials center that are specific to students with sensory impairment and outlined in Florida Statute

Both these project receive dedicated state funding for the production of braille, large print, captioned materials, and other materials specific to the needs of students with sensory impairments.

 

Instructional Materials

Funding - District Options

Collaborate with other districts

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Overview

Florida 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. The state has state level contracts for state adopted instructional materials but does not procure those materials for districts. The adoption of materials is a statute driven process. There is a five year adoption cycle and all bid materials are reviewed by two state or national content experts (in the event of a tie a third will review). District specialists also provide reviews and the review process is open to the public. All materials are reviewed online.State statute states that each district school board shall use its annual allocation only for the purchase of instructional materials that align with state standards and are included on the state-adopted list. If a district certifies that it has met the obligation to provide instructional materials aligned to standards for core courses then the district may use state allocated funds for the purchase of technology.

Guidance – Publishers

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

All vendors who bid must provide their materials in electronic or digital format for the purpose of review.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Florida has guidelines for commercial and OER publishers, developers, and vendors related to accessibility features in products/services.

Since all adopted instructional materials must be accessible to all students, the publisher is instructed to complete a UDL form, which is reviewed at the beginning of the evaluation process by those identified as state instructional materials reviewers pursuant to requirements specified in section 1006.34, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and State Board of Education Rule 6A-7.0710 Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). More information about state policies and procedures for the Florida instructional materials adoption process is available at . The FLDOE Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support provides publishers a UDL Rubric on accessibility and transformability to be completed for all instructional materials submitted to the FLDOE for review. Text-book adoptions specifications including support for st

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

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

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Florida 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

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