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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

Nebraska has a state digital learning plan.

Two year biennium plans required for budgeting in addition to creating the broader road map and framwork for digitial learning and technology in schools.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

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

Nebraska does not specifically require district level educational technology plans, but collects technology plans annually online and strongly encourages technology planning be used as part of the continuous school improvement process.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Nebraska does not have digital learning standards for students.

At this time there are no state digital learning standards written. Most content curriculum standards do include some compoents of digital learning.

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Overview

Each school district in Nebraska has the 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.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Although not defined for Nebraska, the state can provide guidance for districts that need assistance in this area. Teresa Coonts, NIMAS State Coordinator

Teresa.coonts@nebraska.gov or 402-595-1810

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Although not defined for Nebraska, the state can provide guidance for districts that need assistance in this area. Contact Teresa Coonts, NIMAS State Coordinator, Teresa.coonts@nebraska.gov or 402-595-1810

Definition for Instructional Materials

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

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Nebraska does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

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

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Nebraska 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

Nebraska 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

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

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

Nebraska does not currently review instructional materials.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Nebraska does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Nebraska 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

Nebraska 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

Nebraska 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

Nebraska 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

Nebraska does not have a state resource repository.

There is a group exploring the possibility of a Open Education Repository to be used in Nebraska. During 2018 work will continue on this project but no state respository is in place at this time.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Nebraska does not have dedicated state funding.

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Partner with non-profits

Other

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Overview

Nebraska does not procure resources for schools or districts on a statewide level currently. Each school district has the 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. This approach is under review and collaborative solutions are underway to create a more efficient and effective approach in the future.

Guidance – Publishers

Nebraska 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

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

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

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

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Nebraska 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

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

The goal of Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council’s Cooperative Purchasing Program is to provide the schools of Nebraska the opportunity to purchase the best quality product at the lowest possible price.

The Cooperative Purchasing Program is a project of the Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council (ESUCC). In an effort to serve the state of Nebraska Schools K-12 in the most effective manner, all of the statewide projects have been placed under the ESUCC to create a better network by which to serve the schools we represent.

The Fiscal Agent for Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council’s Cooperative Purchasing program is currently Educational Service Unit #17 located in Ainsworth, NE. However, the Cooperative serves all of the Nebraska’s Schools through the ESUCC network statewide.

ESUCC Cooperative Purchasing represents 17 Educational Service Units statewide who in turn service Nebraska school districts with over 300,000 students and is currently in its 5th decade of operation.  ESUCC Cooperative Purchasing is authorized to coordinate purchases for public school districts, nonpublic school systems, other ESUs, and other public agencies, including any county, city, village, school district, or agency of the state government, any drainage district, sanitary and improvement district, or other municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State of Nebraska.