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Overview

Education Agency

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Massachusetts does not have educational technology standards.

The Digital Literacy and Computer Science Framework addresses core concepts in four key domains (Computing and Society, Digital Tools and Collaboration, Computing Systems, and Computational Thinking); integrate practices necessary to successfully act in a technological world; present coherent progressions of core concepts and practices from grades K to 12; and complement other Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

State Educational Technology Plan

Massachusetts does not have an educational technology plan.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Massachusetts does not have requirements for district technology planning.

Massachusetts does not require district technology plans, but strongly encourages technology planning as an extension of existing plans for improving learning and teaching. The state provides digital resources, email, and telephone support. District technology data are collected annually to aid decisions about the allocation of resources and policy development.

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Overview

In general, Massachusetts does not procure resources for schools or districts on a statewide level. Districts have the authority to procure and use digital instructional materials. Districts may purchase devices through statewide contracts and fund purchases for devices and/or digital instructional materials through public or private sources. The state has partnered with some organizations to provide digital instructional materials free of charge to educators and communicates the availability of such offerings through channels such as Twitter, the Commissioner’s Weekly Update, the Office of Digital Learning newsletter, and targeted emails.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Massachusetts uses the federal definition to support the implementation of accessible materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Massachusetts references the AEM Center’s definition for accessible technologies.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Massachusetts does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

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

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Massachusetts has an open educational resources definition.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

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

Massachusetts publishes an Assistive Technology and Accessible Instructional Materials guide to support LEA and provides as webpages with resources to support the implementation of accessible educational materials. http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/assistive/nimas.html

Guidance Outside of School

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

Policy - Adoption

Massachusetts does not have an adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Massachusetts does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Massachusetts does not have a policy that includes the option to implement OER materials. Decisions regarding instructional materials that incorporate OER are made at the district level.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Massachusetts provides information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

Massachusetts provides information, examples or technical assistance to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible technologies.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

Massachusetts provides guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

Massachusetts developed guidelines to help districts develop purposeful long-range technology plans. While not mandated, the guidelines represent recommended conditions for effectively integrating technology into teaching and learning.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

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

Districts are eligible to use statewide contracts for their purchases if the goods/services they seek are available on a statewide contract. Some districts may need to execute their own contract documents, as appropriate; however, they are not required to conduct a separate competitive procurement since all statewide contracts are the result of a competitive process. Technology products and services include hardware, data cable products and services, and Internet.

Guidance – Publishers

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

Companies can register to sell through COMMBUYS, a state-of-the-art electronic Market Center to support online commerce between government purchasers and business.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Specific accessibility requirements must be included in contracts for state agency information technology systems to ensure they can be used by people with disabilities. LEAs must follow federal and any local guidelines.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Massachusetts’ Collaboratives are a statewide network of educational service agencies that work together with school districts and schools to develop programs and services to enhance school districts’ operating efficiency, which may include forming regional purchasing consortia.

Master Contract Digital Devices

Massachusetts has state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase digital devices.

Master Contract Instructional Materials

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

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Massachusetts does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Massachusetts does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Executive Office for Administration and Finance
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Massachusetts does not have dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

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

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

Massachusetts districts have the option to purchase digital instructional materials with local funds.

Funding for Devices

Massachusetts does not have dedicated funds for digital devices.

Funding for Special Purposes

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

Massachusetts provides funding for audio versions of textbooks and VoiceText format for other books for students with vision impairments, learning disabilities, or physical disabilities that make it difficult to use traditional text. These audiobooks are available primarily as downloadable audio and CDs, which can be played on a variety of portable devices and computers. Audiobooks are recorded using the human voice and include descriptions of pictures, graphs, and figures.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Massachusetts 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

Massachusetts 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

Massachusetts develops open educational resources.

Massachusetts recommends/endorses open educational resources.

State Resource Repository

Massachusetts has a state resource repository.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed over 100 Model Curriculum Units (MCUs.) These units are intended to help educators with implementation of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. MCUs were created by teams of teachers from across the Commonwealth with guidance and support from the state. All MCUs use the Understanding by Design process developed by Wiggins and McTighe (2006). Massachusetts educators are encouraged to adopt the units as they are, adapt them, and/or use them as models for developing their own curriculum units.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

Massachusetts does not have a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

Open Educational Resources

Massachusetts does not have a vetting process for open educational resources.

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