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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

Nevada has a state digital learning plan.

Nevada has an independent state level educational technology plan. The state revises the plan every 5 years.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Nevada has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Independent district level educational technology plans are required by Nevada and are revised every 3 years. The state provides planning support through e-mail and website support. The district technology plans are used as part of the bienniel needs assessment and may also be approved so districts may plan for eRate.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Nevada has digital learning standards for students.

Nevada Ready 21 transforms K-12 education by engaging all students in a personalized, learner-centered education. By purposefully infusing technology into students’ daily experience, Nevada Ready 21 teachers will provide students with a 21st Century education that builds a vibrant, diverse economy. This plan provides a blueprint for implementing one-to-one student computing in Nevada schools. The plan is approved by the Nevada Commission on Educational Technology and provides a vision for implementing 1:1 in Nevada schools. The Nevada Legislature allocated $20 million to the program for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years.

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Overview

Nevada’s State Board of Education (SBE) approves instructional materials and Nevada Department of Education provides guidance to districts while making recommendations to the SBE regarding instructional materials. Nevada hosts the Nevada Instructional Materials Resource Center to support deep understanding of the Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS). These materials are created, in collaboration with Nevada educators, to provide opportunities to investigate and explore the standards and standards based instruction. The instructional materials housed in the resource center do not constitute a comprehensive curriculum. Rather, they stand as starting place for collaborative content teams to begin developing lessons, units of instruction, aligned assignments and common assessments that will prepare every Nevada student to be college and career ready.

Nevada 21 provides funding for digital devices.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

“Basic textbook” or “textbook” means any medium or manual of instruction, including, without limitation, software for computers, containing a presentation of the principles of a subject and used as a basis of instruction.

“Supplemental textbook” means any medium or material, including, without limitation, software for computers, used to reinforce or extend a basic program of instruction.

[Our definition is in the revision process.]

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Instructional Materials

Nevada has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise: 1. Basic textbook or textbook means any medium or manual of instruction, including, without limitation, software for computers, containing a presentation of the principles of a subject and used as a basis of instruction. 2. Supplemental textbook means any medium or material, including, without limitation, software for computers, used to reinforce or extend a basic program of instruction.
3. A basic or supplemental textbook becomes unserviceable when 4 years have elapsed since its removal from the adopted list.

(Added to NRS by 1967, 168; A 1981, 413; 1999, 3388)

NRS 390.005 D

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Definition for Open Educational Resources

Nevada does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Nevada has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

Selection and Purchase of Textbooks NRS 389.850 Final selection by State Board; exception for charter schools; accurate portrayal of cultural and racial diversity of society. 1. The State Board shall make the final selection of all textbooks to be used in the public schools in this State, except for charter schools. If a textbook proposed for selection is in a subject area for which standards of content have been established by the Council to Establish Academic Standards for Public Schools pursuant to NRS 389.520, the State Board shall not select the textbook unless the State Board determines that the textbook adequately supports the standards for that subject area.2. A textbook must not be selected by the State Board pursuant to subsection 1 for use in the public schools in classes in literature, history or social sciences unless it accurately portrays the cultural and racial diversity of our society, including lessons on the contributions

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

Use of Textbooks NRS 389.870 Enforcement by board of trustees of use of prescribed textbooks; exception for charter schools. Boards of trustees of school districts in this State shall enforce in the public schools, excluding charter schools, the use of textbooks prescribed and adopted by the State Board. [321:32:1956] — (NRS A 1967, 171; 1997, 1871) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 390.220) NRS 389.880 Use of prescribed textbooks; exceptions; penalty. 1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, the textbooks adopted by the State Board must be used in the public schools in this State, and no other books may be used as basic textbooks. 2. This section does not prohibit: (a) The continued use of such textbooks previously approved until they become unserviceable. (b) The use of supplemental textbooks purchased by a school district with the approval of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

Nevada has a statute requiring students to take an online course prior to graduation.

The term “Distance Education”, often used interchangeably with “Virtual education”, is defined as instruction during which students and teachers are separated by time and/or location and interact via computers and/or telecommunications technologies. Virtual education ranges from straightforward coursework presented online for students to view at their own pace; to interactive, real-time instruction between teachers and students over an electronic medium unconstrained by geographic or temporal boundaries. When properly employed by skilled instructors, technology can make many learning opportunities available to any student, at any location, and at any time.The Department of Education regulates the approval of distance education courses and programs according to NRS 388 and C 388.

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Nevada 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

Nevada 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

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Nevada has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Must be added

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Approved

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Nevada posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

Nevada requires districts to purchase state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Nevada 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

Nevada 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

Nevada 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

Nevada 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

Nevada does not have a state resource repository.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Nevada has dedicated state funding.

The Legislature approved SB515 (p.13, http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/Bills/SB/SB515_EN.pdf) that includes the Nevada Ready 21 program (http://www.doe.nv.gov/Legislative/Nevada_Ready_21/), a 1:1 program targeting middle schools.

Devices

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

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Overview

Nevada 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. The state does provide minimal funding that may be used to purchase Digital Learning Resources in addition to traditional textbooks and Nevada 21 will provide funding for digital devices.

More Information

Guidance – Publishers

Nevada 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

Nevada 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

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

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Instructional Materials

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

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Instructional Materials

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Nevada 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

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