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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

Maryland has a state digital learning plan.

Maryland developed a 2017 Digital Learning Plan, Maryland’s Digital Learning Framework: A Vision for the Future. The URL will not be available until the MSDE receives State Board approval.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

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

This was a requirement in the past due to eRate policies. It is now optional.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Maryland has digital learning standards for students.

Maryland has digital learning standards for students (pending State Board Approval of new standards).

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Overview

In accordance with a Maryland statute, MSDE implemented a review process specific to state endorsed digital instructional materials and online courses. This included reviews for content and accessibility. Approved courses appeared on a list or in the state repository. Based on student need and policies, LEAs selected courses from this list.

 

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition is based on AEM – “Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)” means print- and technology-based educational materials, including printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials that are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of individual variability regardless of format (print, digital, audio, video, etc.). This definition is contained in a draft Code of Maryland Regulation that will be submitted to the State Board for approval.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

This definition is contained in a draft Code of Maryland Regulation that will be submitted to the State Board for approval. “Accessible technology” means any device, hardware, software or handheld equipment that provides access to activities for everyone, including those with disabilities, and is designed to provide all individuals the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions and enjoy the same services with equivalent ease of use.

Definition for Instructional Materials

Maryland has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

This definition was divided to apply to Digital Learning Resources and Digital Devices. The MSDE does have a separate definition for OER – “Open Educational Resources (OERs)” means free and openly licensed digital educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes. The OERs are used and modified based on open licensing and may include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. This is contained in a draft Code of Maryland Regulation that will be submitted to the State Board for approval.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Maryland has a definition for open educational resources.

Maryland’s definition for Open Educational Resources is currently under development. Maryland is a committed #GoOpen state.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

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

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

2013 Statute Maryland Code 4-205 – Powers and duties of county superintendent. The Local Education Agency (LEA) or county) superintendent shall prepare lists of items needed to include materials of instruction. Maryland is a local controlled state.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

Maryland provides guidance to LEAs in the use of digital instructional materials outside of the classroom.

The Office of Instructional Technology provides professional learning outside of the classroom to Instructional Technology Liaisons, School Library Supervisors, and educators related to all aspects of digital learning. This includes conferences, webinars, school system visits, and workshops.

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

The Office of Instructional Technology supports a full-time Accessibility Specialist. This individual reviews all digital courses and resources for compliance to WCAG 2.0 Level AA. Additional efforts related to professional learning for internal Department staff members as well as our local educational agencies. Special Education, the Office of Instructional Technology, AEM, Maryland affiliations, and school systems have partnered to pilot a program related to accessible educational materials.

Guidance Accessible Technologies

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

In partnership with Johns Hopkins University, Maryland sponsored the Maryland Assistive Technology Network (topic area from Maryland Learning Links, https://marylandlearninglinks.org/)

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Maryland has a process for the review of instructional materials.

In accordance with a Maryland statute, MSDE implemented a review process specific to state endorsed digital instructional materials and online courses. This included reviews for content and accessibility. Approved courses appeared on a list or in the state repository. Based on student need and policies, LEAs selected courses from this list.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

OER

Other

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Approved

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Maryland posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

Maryland requires districts to follow the state review process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Maryland 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

Maryland 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

Maryland 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

Maryland has a state hosted learning management system or state master contract for a learning management system available to schools and districts.

Maryland offered a hosted LMS for educators and students with limited licenses. Reviews for LMS proposals have been conducted.

State Resource Repository

Maryland has a state resource repository.

Maryland resources were uploaded to Amazon Inspire. Maryland is constantly uploading new resources and will be developing OERs with a statewide group of “Inspired Designers” over the summer of 2018.

Includes

OER

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Maryland does not have dedicated state funding.

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

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Overview

Maryland conducts the majority of its procurements through eMaryland Marketplace, the online procurement system that is a business tool to provide vendors with easy access to state procurement information. Vendors have the ability to:

• Complete the Small Business Reserve (SBR) self-certification

• Receive notice of bid opportunities

• Search for contracting opportunities

• Submit bids electronically

• Obtain bid results online

Maryland does not does not procure resources for schools or LEAs on a statewide level. Each LEA procures and utilizes digital resources based on the needs of their students. LEA superintendents and boards have the authority to determine curriculum, materials of instruction, and other resources. Although Maryland does not directly procure instructional materials for LEAs, the state offers some guidance and resource options that LEAs may use.

More Information

Guidance – Publishers

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

The Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) is the primary procurement unit responsible for the review, approval and oversight of non-delegated Information Technology (IT) procurements. This includes mandatory solicitation review and approval prior to issue, contract awards, renewal options and contract modifications.

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Student data privacy

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Publishers of digital resources are required to align with instructional standards and comply with the technology standards outlined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and COMAR 13A.05.02.13H and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA (December 2008).

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

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

Includes

Curation

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

Includes

Devices

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Maryland 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

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

Maryland provides technical assistance and facilitation to MDK12 Digital Library consortium of LEAs and non-public schools who reviewed databases and resources for use in schools.