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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

New Jersey does not have a state digital learning plan.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

New Jersey does not have requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

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

Digital Learning Standards for Students

New Jersey has digital learning standards for students.

New Jersey’s Technology Standards consist of 8.1 Educational Technology and 8.2 Technology, Engineering, Design and Computational Thinking, which work symbiotically to provide students with the necessary skills for college and career readiness. The New Jersey Student Learning Standard (NJSLS) 8.1’s goal is for all students to use digital tools to access, manage, evaluate, and synthesize information in order to solve problems individually and collaborate and create and communicate knowledge. NJSLS 8.2 focuses on all students developing an understanding of the nature and impact of technology, engineering, technological design, computational thinking and the designed world as they relate to the individual, global society, and the environment. Review is currently in process to refresh these standards.

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Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

New Jersey references the federal definition of accessible instructional/educational materials. Specifically information is shared about the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) a federally-funded, national electronic file repository that makes National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard NIMAC. (NIMAS) files available for the production of core print instructional materials in specialized formats.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

New Jersey has a definition of accessibility found in the Digital Learning Glossary for Terms that includes Accessible Technologies. It is:

Accessibility—The design of apps, devices, materials and environments that support and enable access to content and educational activities for all learners. In addition to enabling students with disabilities to use content and participate in activities, the concepts also apply to accommodating the individual learning needs of students, such as English language learners, students in rural communities, or students from economically disadvantaged homes. Technology can support accessibility through embedded assistance—for example; text-to-speech, audio and digital text formats of instructional materials, programs that differentiate instruction, adaptive testing, built-in accommodations, and other assistive technology tools.

Definition for Instructional Materials

New Jersey has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Textbook means books, workbooks or manuals, whether bound or in loose-leaf form, or electronic textbooks, including but not limited to, computer software, computer-assisted instruction, interactive videodisk, and other computer courseware and magnetic media, intended as a principal source of study material for a given class or group of students, a copy of which is available for the individual use of each pupil in such class or group. Computer software shall be prepared educational programs which are subject-oriented and for student instruction.

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Digital

Definition for Open Educational Resources

New Jersey does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

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

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

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

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

New Jersey 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

New Jersey 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

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

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

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

New Jersey does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

New Jersey does not require districts to purchase state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

New Jersey 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

New Jersey 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

New Jersey 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

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

Maestro Learning Management System by Sum Total Systems

State Resource Repository

New Jersey has a state resource repository.

New Jersey has the intention of revitalizing their State Resource Repository. Since 2013, the New Jersey Collaborative Online Resource Exchange (NJCORE) has served as an online repository in which educators across the state could share instructional resources, lessons and activities. Currently, the Department is evaluating how to broaden the scope of such supports to New Jersey educators and has been examining similar online resources that reach a larger audience of teachers throughout the United States.

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OER

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Subscription based resources (via contract or partnership)

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

New Jersey does not have dedicated state funding.

New Jersey does not have dedicated funds for instructional materials for public schools, but has dedicateed funding for non-public schools. Public School Districts fund the purchase of digital instructional materials with federal, general state funds and/or local initiatives. We have provided a guidance document to assist districts in Transformative Budgeting to support digital learning. The document is found at: http://njdigitallearning.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Transformative-Budgeting-final.pdf.

Funding - District Options

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Overview

New Jersey is a local control state and does not procure resources for schools or districts on a statewide level. Each school district has the constitutional authority to procure and use digital resources and innovative educational technologies as they deem appropriate to meet educational goals and requirements.

Guidance – Publishers

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

New Jersey has procurement guidelines for companies interested in conducting business in the state.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

New Jersey 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

New Jersey has a request for proposals/request for information process.

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Devices

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

New Jersey 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

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

New Jersey does not manage regional groups that participate in regional purchasing consortia for instructional materials.  State-wide purchasing is available through the Education Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ) for digital learning resources such as reduced cost internet bandwidth and leased fiber, integrated cloud-based building access/video, cloud-hosted services, digital curriculum solutions; and through the NJ School Board Association for 21st Century classroom solutions.

Education Services Commission of NJ (ESCNJ) current bid awards: http://www.mresc.k12.nj.us/pages/Middlesex_Regional/Cooperative_Pricing/Co_op/Members_only/vendor_information/Current_Bid-Awards_2 and NJSBA Technology classroom solutions:  https://www.njsba.org/services/technology-services/21st-century-classroom-solutions/