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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

Maine does not have a state digital learning plan.

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State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Maine has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

District level educational technology plans are required by Maine as part of each LEAs comprehensive or school improvement plan, and are revised every 3 years. The state provides support through e-mail and website support. The Learning Through Technology Team at the Department of Education has specialists that support and work with LEAs on the technology planning. Technology Plans are also required as part of participation in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. These education technology specialists provide in-person direct consultation to LEAs as well as provides technical assistance via webinar and workshops as appropriate.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Maine has digital learning standards for students.

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

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Overview

Maine strongly recommends alignment with Maine’s adopted content standards. Districts purchase their own instructional materials, but also receive varied levels of state general assistance based on Essential Programs and Services funding model. Ultimately, decisions are determined locally.

The Maine Department of Education sponsors or cosponsors some efforts related to digital instructional materials, including small OER and other curriculum identification & creation initiatives intended to provide model instructional materials. The largest of these efforts is the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) which has provided 1-to-1 devices for students and teachers in 7th and 8th grade, since 2001. Currently districts can opt in to MLTI for elementary or high school grades at their own expense. Considered a learning initiative, not just a technology access initiative, MLTI provides leadership development and professional development to teachers focused on learning through technology. MLTI emphasizes learning through technology best practice. The state also enters MOUs with vendor partners identified as offering promising and relevant emerging technologies and services related to major initiatives & priorities.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

Maine does not have a unique definition or references the federal definition for accessible instructional/educational materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Instructional Materials

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

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Maine does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

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

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

The Commissioner shall establish a digital content library to house a collection of high-quality digital educational content and learning resources aligned with the State’s educational initiatives, delivered electronically. Digital Content Library is not established yet

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

The Commissioner shall establish a digital content library to house a collection of high-quality digital educational content and learning resources aligned with the State’s educational initiatives, delivered electronically. Digital Content Library is not established yet

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Maine 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

Maine does not provide guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible digital instructional materials for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

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

Maine strongly recommends alignment with Maine’s adopted content standards. Ultimately, decisions are determined locally.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Maine does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Maine 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

Maine 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

Maine 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

Maine 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

Maine does not have a state resource repository.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Maine has dedicated state funding.

The state provides direct funding for digital devices for 7th & 8th grade students and teachers and some high school teachers, otherwise each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices.

Devices

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

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Overview

Maine does not procure instructional 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 Maine Department of Education has entered into Master Agreements for the purchase of devices, support and professional development through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. The Department entered into leases with vendors (Apple and HP) and either provided the packages to the school, (7th and 8th grade, and high school staff) or provided it if the school opts in and agrees to cover the cost. Current leases end in 2020, and it is not clear what the next program will look like.

More Information

Guidance – Publishers

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

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Maine 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

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

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Devices

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

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Devices

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Maine 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

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