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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

Louisiana has a state digital learning plan.

Louisiana provides the Louisiana legislature with an educational technology plan on a yearly basis. In this plan yearly goals are established and district supports are outlined.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

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

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

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Louisiana has digital learning standards for students.

Louisiana has developed a scope and sequence to guide teachers as they integrate technology into instruction at every grade level. Skills are noted as introductory and mastery at each grade level and organized into seven specific categories: basic computer operations; word processing; spreadsheets; mathematical applications; presentation and multimedia tools; acceptable use, copyright, plagiarism, and online safety; research and information gathering; communication and collaboration. Learn more at: Digital Literacy Guidance

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Overview

Louisiana’s textbook adoption policy, Bulletin 741, Section 1703 – Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Revised December 2016 states that schools shall provide instructional materials for all students; adopt policies and regulations for the adoption and use of instructional materials; and ensure that instructional materials are free from bias. Louisiana recently updated the definition for textbooks to include digital resources

As a local control state, local school systems determine whether instructional materials are appropriate to meet the educational needs of their students. As a service and benefit to school systems, Louisiana reviews and adopts publisher submitted instructional materials and negotiates pricing for those materials. School systems may, but are not obligated to, purchase instructional materials from the state contract. Local school systems have three options when adopting textbooks and purchasing instructional materials:

  • Select materials evaluated through the state review process, which involves educators and parents;
  • Engage in a local review process of materials not reviewed by the state; or
  • Adopt a combination of state-reviewed materials and locally reviewed materials

Louisiana’s Publisher’s User Guide provides detailed information about the instructional materials review and selection process. Publishers also have access to the  rubrics used in the review process at the Online Instructional Materials Reviews website. Each year publishers are invited to submit materials, including OER, for review.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Braille, Audio, Large Print, Digital

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Appropriate devices used for conversion into braille, audio, large print, digital

Definition for Instructional Materials

Louisiana has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Textbook, Basal, or Other Instructional Materials – full curricula (print or digital) with both teacher and student versions that align to Louisiana academic standards. These stand alone materials constitute the principal source for teaching and learning and include all materials, such as lesson plans, assessments, and ancillary materials (see definition herein) needed for students to attain Louisiana academic standards for a grade level subject or course.

Includes

Digital

OER

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Louisiana has a definition for open educational resources.

Open educational resources (OER): learning materials that are freely available under a license that allows them to be: reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Louisiana has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

Based on state statute 741A., each school shall provide instructional materials for each student and shall have proper procedures for selection, storage, and preservation of such materials.B.State funds appropriated through the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) block grant.may be used to buy books on the state-adopted textbook lists and academically related ancillary materials or computer hardware according to the state guidelines. LEAs are required to submit state textbook orders to the publisher’s depository, centrally located within the state, between March 15 and May 15.Authority Note: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:8 and R.S. 17:351 et seq. Historical Note:Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 31:1286 (June 2005), amended LR 37:1141 (April 2011), LR 38:2365 (September 2012), LR 39:2212 (August 2013).

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

Statute RS17:351.1.B.4 states, “The purchase of electronic textbooks, instructional materials, and other media or content shall be maximized to the extent possible.”

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

(1) The governing authority of each public elementary and secondary school shall adopt policies and regulations for the adoption and use of textbooks and other instructional materials that sufficiently support the needs of all students in meeting state content standards.

(2) The purchase and use of electronic textbooks, instructional materials, and other media or content shall be maximized to the extent practical.

(3)(a) For the adoption of textbooks and instructional materials that have not been reviewed by the state Department of Education pursuant to this Section, such policies and regulations shall provide for the establishment of review committees composed of classroom teachers and other educators, all of whom shall be employees of Louisiana public schools, parents of students enrolled in Louisiana public schools, and other educational stakeholders in Louisiana who have interest in or knowledge of curriculum and the subject matter under consideration.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

NIMAS compliant

Guidance Accessible Technologies

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

Device specifications are provided

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Louisiana has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Digital instructional materials (OER or proprietary) are reviewed using the same review process and criteria.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Online content

Supplemental materials

OER

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Rated

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Louisiana posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Louisiana does not have an Education Service Agency (ESA) or other regional organization that has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Includes

Regional Support - Posting Reviewed Instructional Materials

Louisiana 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

Louisiana 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

Louisiana 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

Louisiana has a state resource repository.

School Book Supply Company of Louisiana is managed by a state contractor.

Includes

OER

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Subscription based resources (via contract or partnership)

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Louisiana does not have dedicated state funding.

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

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Partner with non-profits

Leverage state purchasing contracts

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Overview

In Louisiana, districts make purchases as deemed appropriate locally.

Laws which govern state procurement include a competitive bid process that may result in contractual agreements for vendors with materials that are ranked as Tier 1 or Tier 2. Districts may, but are not obligated to, make purchases of materials under a state contract. State contracts allow districts to make purchases without having to solicit and review bids locally.

Districts are provided with state and local funding to cover operational costs through the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) block grant.

Grants may provide funding sources which must be in compliance with conditions of the specific grant. There is no line item allocation provided from the legislature for instructional materials.

Louisiana implements an online instructional review process that provides feedback and rankings that reflect the degree of content alignment with state approved standards. Districts are free to make purchases of instructional materials with or without benefit of the reviews that are designed to support local purchasing decisions. Statute 17.8.2 urges the State Board to express desire to utilize digital instructional materials, review process only examines online/digital instructional materials, but still allows print versions to be purchased by districts.

Guidance – Publishers

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

The publisher’s user guide provides a full explanation of the state review process and related definitions. Helpful links to resources are provided.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

An assurance document discloses the know accessibility features needed to access information and is provided by publishers as documentation of the accessibility features available.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

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

State Master Contract - Contract with State

Louisiana has state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the state.

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

Louisiana has state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the publisher.

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Pricing Negotiation

Louisiana negotiate prices with publishers, vendors during the RFP/RFI process, and districts may purchase the materials directly from the vendor.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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