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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

Iowa has a state digital learning plan.

Iowa has an independent state level educational technology plan. The the most recent plan, created in 2009, is out-dated.

Iowa is currently in the midst of developing an Iowa Digital Learning Plan, modeled after the current National Ed Tech Plan. This is a collaborative effort led by the Iowa Area Education Agencies and the Iowa Department of Education and includes a wide variety of active stakeholders from across the state.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

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

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

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Iowa has digital learning standards for students.

Iowa educational technology standards are embedded as part of the core curriculum standards.

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Overview

The Department of Education produced a guidance document for administrators, parents and students related to online providers and resources. Districts fund the purchase of digital instructional materials with general state funds and/or local initiatives. The Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Public Television, and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies manage Iowa Learns, a digital repository of teaching and learning resources.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Iowa references the federal definition of accessible educational materials.

https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/learner-supports/true-aim

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Instructional Materials

Iowa has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Textbooks means any of the following: Books and loose leaf or bound manuals, systems of reusable instructional materials or combinations of books and supplementary instructional materials which convey information to the student or otherwise contribute to the learning process, or electronic. Electronic textbooks, including but not limited to computer software, applications using computer-assisted instruction, interactive videodisc, and other computer courseware and magnetic media. Laptop computers or other portable personal computing devices which are used for nonreligious instructional use only.

Includes

Digital

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Iowa does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

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

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

Iowa has established state content standards for curriculum, and each district is required to develop their own content standards that incorporate the state standards. In 2008, Iowa mandated the Iowa Core for all Iowa schools.

All districts are required to “offer and teach” certain types and numbers of courses, although each district administration selects its own local curriculum, textbooks, and other classroom materials. The “offer and teach” requirements are outlined in 281–Iowa Administrative Code 12.

Generally, elementary grades 1-6 must teach language arts, social studies, math, science, health, physical education, traffic safety, music and visual arts.

Junior high grades 7-8 must teach language arts, social studies, math, science, health, human growth and development, physical education, music, visual art, family and consumer education, career education, and technology education.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

Iowa does not have a statute requiring students to take an online course prior to graduation.

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Iowa 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

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

Assistance is currently provided by the AEAs

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

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

The Department of Education produced a guidance document for administrators, parents and students related to online providers and resources.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Iowa does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Iowa has 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

Iowa has an ESA or other regional organization that posts reviewed instructional materials.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Iowa 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

Iowa 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

Iowa has a state resource repository.

Includes

OER

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Subscription based resources (via contract or partnership)

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Iowa has dedicated state funding.

Districts fund the purchase of digital instructional materials with general state funds and/or local initiatives. How they allocate these funds is a local school decision.

Instructional Materials

Digital Instructional materials

Devices

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Leverage state purchasing contracts

Other

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Overview

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

The Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Public Television, and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies manage Iowa Learns, a digital repository of teaching and learning resources.

Iowa Department of Administrative Services RFP 0917005045 – Registration and Enrollment Software/Student Information Management System for Online Program https://bidopportunities.iowa.gov/Home/ClosedBidOpportunities

Guidance – Publishers

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

The Iowa Department of Administrative Services, Central Procurement Enterprise requires vendors to register. Contact the Vendor Registration Coordinator: purchasing.mailbox@iowa.gov

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Iowa 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

Iowa has a request for proposals/request for information process.

Includes

Curation

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Iowa 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

Iowa manages regional groups that participate in regional purchasing consortia for instructional materials.

Iowa’s nine Area Education Agencies (AEA’s) make purchases of instructional materials.