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Overview

Education Agency

Idaho State Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Idaho has educational technology standards.

The Idaho State Department of Education leverages the ISTE Technology standards as the model for state LEA’s to use for their curriculum-mapping with technology and communication content standards.

State Educational Technology Plan

Idaho does not have an educational technology plan.

The state allows LEA’s to create and build their Education Technology Plan that best suits their student’s needs and growth. The state continues to support the LEA’s with planning, development and strategic decisions.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Idaho does not have requirements for district technology planning.

Independent school district level educational technology plans are not required by Idaho, but are highly encouraged. Idaho districts are required to have an Acceptable Use Policy that is made public. Typically school districts will have an Acceptable Use Policy embedded within their technology plan to stay up-to-date on the changing landscape. Acceptable Use Policies are required to be recorded and on-file at the Department of Education. The state provides planning and support for school districts that are building new plans or updating old versions.

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Overview

Idaho 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 provides some funding in the form of tech grants that some districts have used to provide technology to students. Over the last several years, Idaho has provided instructional materials funds to districts, but these funds are not limited to digital resources. Districts have the right and responsibility to select curriculum, whether hard copy or digital, based upon their independent decision. Materials chosen must be aligned to current Idaho content standards, researched based, and of high quality.

Textbook/material adoption is the right and responsibility of each Idaho district and charter. As a service, the state reviews materials on a 6 year rotating basis and provides an approved list of materials. Materials review is completed in sync with the standards review process. However, this system is rapidly changing and Idaho is modifying the materials review process to address the prevalence of digital resources and OER materials. Local districts are free to choose from the list or use other materials as long as they are research based, aligned and of high quality. The state may from time to time provide grants for purchasing devices which often go hand in hand with the use and subsequent purchase of instructional materials.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Idaho does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

Idaho definition for instructional materials/textbook does not include the option for digital instructional materials.

“Curricular materials” is defined as textbook and instructional media including software, audio/visual media and internet resources.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Idaho does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

Idaho 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

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

Policy - Adoption

Idaho has an adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

Idaho has a 6 year revolving policy of standards review followed by curricular

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Idaho does not have a policy for open educational resources.

In 2015, Idaho began using Creative Commons licensing for units created through teacher led Idaho Core professional development. All professional development materials created in outreach to teacher leaders from all districts are also openly licensed. In 2017, Idaho will conduct its first OER review for 6-12 mathematics materials.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Idaho 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

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

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

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

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

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

The state does encourage the use of digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Publishers

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

Requirements for the sale of instructional materials are established at the local level.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

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

Master Contract Instructional Materials

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

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Idaho posts adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Idaho does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Idaho Purchasing Department of Education
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Idaho has dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

State funds are available for digital instructional materials via state coordinated competitive grants that include the option to purchase digital instructional materials.

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

Idaho districts have the option to purchase digital instructional materials in collaboration with non-profits.

Funding for Devices

Idaho does not have dedicated funds for digital devices.

Funding for Special Purposes

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

The state purchases statewide licenses for supplemental services in math and ELA/literacy.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Idaho 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

Idaho 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

Idaho does not develop open educational resources.

Idaho recommends/endorses open educational resources.

State Resource Repository

Idaho does not have a state resource repository.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

Idaho has a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

The process is the same as for hard copy materials with accomodation for the online medium.

Open Educational Resources

Idaho has a vetting process for open educational resources.

OER materials are evaluated using existing curricular material protocols and procedures. Two independent reviews followed by an onsite face to face consensus building meeting, which is followed by Board of Education approval of materials for a 6-year period.

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