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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

Georgia has a state digital learning plan.

Georgia has an independent state level educational technology plan as part of their state’s strategic/comprehensive plan. The state revises the plan every 3 years.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

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

Georgia does not require district level educational technology plans, but strongly encourages technology planning.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Georgia has digital learning standards for students.

Georgia has adopted the ISTE NETS Standards or other tech standards.

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Overview

The ACHIEVE rubric is used for vetting resources before inclusion in to Teacher Resource Link. A user rating and comment system is in place within Teacher Resource Link in order to share collaborative comments on resources within Teacher Resource Link. Instructional Materials procurment and adoption is a local board decision. Local boards of education are strongly encouraged on and after July 1, 2020 to: (1) Purchase all instructional materials and content in digital or electronic format; and (2) Provide a laptop, tablet, or other wireless electronic device to each of its students in grades three and higher or allow students to provide their own for use as the principal source of reading or accessing instructional materials and content, (b) The State Board of Education shall annually determine a reasonable level of funding to assist local boards of education in attaining complete digital access pursuant to this Code section. Such level of funding shall annually be presented to the General Assembly for its consideration in including appropriations for such purposes.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Georgia references the federal definition of accessible instructional materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Georgia references the federal definition of accessible instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials

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

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Georgia has a definition for open educational resources.

Georgia defines OER as a digital resource available to use without fees, restrictions and logins.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Georgia has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

The Georgia Instructional Materials Center (GIMC) is a unit within the Division for Special Education Services and Supports.  The GIMC provides accessible educational materials (AEMs) to all of Georgia’s eligible K-12 students. Districts may obtain accesuble instructional materials through the GIMC which is funded through Special Education Funds.

Guidance Accessible Technologies

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

Devices for blind students can be obtained through the Georgia Instructional Materials Center (GIMC) from APH annual quota funds.

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Georgia has a process for the review of instructional materials.

The ACHIEVE rubric is used for vetting resources before inclusion in to Teacher Resource Link. A user rating and comment system is in place within Teacher Resource Link in order to share collaborative comments on resources within Teacher Resource Link. Instructional Materials procurment and adoption is a local board decision. Local boards of education are strongly encouraged on and after July 1, 2020 to: (1) Purchase all instructional materials and content in digital or electronic format; and (2) Provide a laptop, tablet, or other wireless electronic device to each of its students in grades three and higher or allow students to provide their own for use as the principal source of reading or accessing instructional materials and content, (b) The State Board of Education shall annually determine a reasonable level of funding to assist local boards of education in attaining complete digital access pursuant to this Code section. Such level of funding shall annually be presented to the General Assembly for its consideration in including appropriations for such purposes.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Georgia does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Georgia 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

Georgia 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

Georgia 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

Georgia 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

Georgia has a state resource repository.

Teacher Resource Link managed by Office of Technology Services-Instructional Technology. Accessible materials for students with disabilities may be obtained throught GIMC. GIMC operates a repository for braille, large print, and electronic text for teachers of students with disabilities.

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Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Georgia does not have dedicated state funding.

Districts fund the purchase of digital instructional materials with general state funds and/or local initiatives. “With E-rate, each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices (hardware).”

Funding - District Options

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Overview

Georgia 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.

Georgia’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System has a resource component called Teacher Resource Link (TRL). TRL provides high quality, vetted, and standards aligned digital resources for teachers to use during instruction. TRL is accessible via the GaDOE “tunnel” in conjunction with SLDS using the single sign-on process. The content is aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

Guidance – Publishers

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

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Districts may obtain accesuble instructional materials through the GIMC, funded through Special Education Funds.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

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

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Georgia 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

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