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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

Montana does not have a state digital learning plan.

Montana does not have a separate Digital Learning Plan. Montana adopted a technology content standards framework

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

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

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

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Montana does not have digital learning standards for students.

Although Montana does not have educational technology standards, Montana has Technology Content Standards for students.

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Overview

Montana’s Office of Public Instruction reviews Content Standards on a cyclical basis. Each district is responsible for establishing curriculum and assessment development processes. Curricula should be reviewed at least every five years or consistent with the state’s standards revision schedule.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Instructional Materials

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

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Montana does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

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

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Montana does not have a statute allowing the implementation of digital instructional materials.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

Guidance for Accessible Digital Instructional Materials is provided by the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB). MSDB has an Outreach Program with Outreach Consultants who work with students, families, and schools to provide this guidance.

Guidance Accessible Technologies

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

Guidance for Accessible Technologies is provided by the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB). MSDB has an Outreach Program with Outreach Consultants who work with students, families, and schools to provide this guidance.

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Montana has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Montana’s Office of Public Instruction reviews Content Standards on a cyclical basis. Each district is responsible for establishing curriculum and assessment development processes. Curricula should be reviewed at least every five years or consistent with the state’s standards revision schedule.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Other

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Montana does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Montana 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

Montana 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

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

Montana has the Montana Digital Academy. High School students across the state can access these courses. The Montana Digital Academy is hosted by the University of Montana.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

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

Montana has the Montana Digital Academy. High School students across the state can access these courses. The Montana Digital Academy is hosted by the University of Montana.

State Resource Repository

Montana does not have a state resource repository.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Montana does not have dedicated state funding.

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Partner with non-profits

Leverage state purchasing contracts

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Overview

According to Tennessee Code, a “textbook” or “textbooks” includes “electronic textbook” or “electronic textbooks,” which means computer software, interactive videodisc, magnetic media, CD-ROM, computer courseware, local and remote computer assisted instruction, online service, electronic medium or other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means. Electronic textbooks may be recommended, adopted and purchased in the same fashion as provided for textbooks in this part. Districts have the option to choose to use non-state approved instructional materials.

Guidance – Publishers

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

Requirements for the sale of instructional materials are established at the local level.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Montana 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

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

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Montana 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

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

Montana has several regional Cooperatives where school districts can be members. Each Cooperative offers different services to the region. Some Cooperatives may offer purchasing options for curricula for a group of school districts. Other Cooperatives offer human resources in terms of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Special Education Teachers, and Speech and Language Pathologists.