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Overview

Education Agency

Mississippi Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Mississippi does not have educational technology standards.

State Digital Learning Plan

Mississippi does not have a State Digital Learning Plan.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Mississippi has requirements for district technology planning.

Independent district level educational technology plans are required by Mississippi and are revised every 3 years. The state provides planning support through face to face trainings.

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Overview

Mississippi 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. Mississippi does solicits bids from publishers for titles to be reviewed and subsequently recommended to the State Board of Education. Approved vendors enter into a no-cost contract that allows for uniform costs across districts. The state does not specify a certain amount of funding that must be used by districts to purchase instructional materials. Districts typically use state or local funds to purchase textbooks (print or digital). To provide the highest quality of instructional materials to implement the curriculum frameworks for the schools across the state of Mississippi, the MDE has established a plan for the adoption, purchase, distribution, care and use of textbooks for students in all public schools that is an 18 month process. School districts are not required to purchase textbooks from the adopted list, they must choose materials that align to the standards.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Mississippi references the federal definition of accessible instructional materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Mississippi does not have a definition for accessible technologies nor references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Mississippi has a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

Mississippi has a definition for instructional materials/textbook that includes the option for digital instructional materials.

In Mississippi a textbook is defined as “any medium or manual of instruction which contains a systematic presentation of the principles of a subject and which constitutes a major instructional vehicle for that subject.” (Mississippi Code Annotated Section 37-43-1).

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Mississippi does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Policy - Adoption

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

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Mississippi does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Mississippi does not have a policy that includes the option to implement OER materials however, the state does not have any rules or policies that preclude schools from using OER.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

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

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

Mississippi does not provide guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

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

Guidance – Publishers

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

Digital instructional materials are processed the same as other materials.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

Mississippi does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase digital devices.

Master Contract Instructional Materials

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

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Mississippi does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Mississippi does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Procurement Office
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Mississippi 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.

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

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

Funding for Devices

Mississippi does not have dedicated funds for digital devices.

Each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices (hardware).

Funding for Special Purposes

Mississippi does not have a funding stream to purchase digital instructional materials for special purposes.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Mississippi 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

Mississippi 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

Mississippi does not develop open educational resources.

Mississippi does not recommend/endorse open educational resources.

Mississippi has not developed OER materials.

State Resource Repository

Mississippi does not have a state resource repository.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

Mississippi has a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

The review process for digital materials is the same as the review process for print materials.

Open Educational Resources

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

Mississippi does not have a vetting process specific for OER materials however, OER materials may be vetted via the same process as digital content.

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