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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

North Carolina has a state digital learning plan.

The North Carolina Digital Learning Plan provides recommendations for state action that support K-12 schools as they transition to digital age learning. Both the NC Digital Learning Plan and the Future Ready Framework provide districts with resources to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with and support instructional best practices, are implemented by highly skilled teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

North Carolina does not have requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

North Carolina does not require district level educational technology plans, but strongly encourages technology planning. It is recommended that districts include technology planning as part of the strategic plan.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

North Carolina has digital learning standards for students.

During 2009, Digital Teaching and Learning staff members worked with LEA representatives and other DPI staff to create Information and Technology Essential Standards (ITES). ITES represent the “must have” information and technology skills and knowledge that each student must have in order to achieve success at the next level. The standards are designed to be delivered by classroom teachers in all curricular areas and grade levels. The ITES are currently undergoing revision based on the North Carolina standards revision process.

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Overview

North Carolina’s review process is specifically related to textbooks/full curriculum materials. The selection of textbooks consists of a review of systematically organized material comprehensive enough to cover the primary objectives outlined in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for a grade or course. Members appointed to the North Carolina Textbook Commission review textbooks that may be print or non-print, using evaluative criteria to select the best materials to support the goals and objectives of the Standard Course of Study. The Textbook Commission makes recommendations to the State Board of Education and recommendations adopted by the Board are placed on a state adopted list. Districts may leverage the state adopted list to make local textbook selections.

Districts have flexibility in what they adopt at the local level and leverage the State Board adopted list as a guide. Formats for textbooks may be print or non-print, including hardbound books, softbound books, activity-oriented programs, classroom kits, and technology-based programs that require the use of electronic equipment in order to be used in the learning process.

Through our statewide Instructional Improvement System (IIS), the state is able to purchase statewide licensing to instructional materials that are delivered through the IIS platform. This procurement process follows the requirements for NC state agencies. NC Public School Law (115C-89) requires the State Board of Education to make all necessary rules and regulations concerning requests for bids, notification to publishers of calls for adoption, execution and delivery of contracts, requirement of performance bonds, cancellation clauses, and such other material matters as may affect the validity of the contracts.

Funding for digital instructional materials is determined locally by the LEA or Charter School based on how they intend to use the various state funds.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

North Carolina has a unique definition for accessible technologies or references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

The North Carolina Division of Exceptional Children defines assistive technology based on the definition from the U.S. Department of Education Assistance to States for the Education of Children With Disabilities and the Early Intervention program for Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities; Final Regulations (regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), March 12, 1999.

Assistive technology device

As used in this part, Assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability.”

Assistive technology service

As used in this part, Assistive technology service means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

Definition for Instructional Materials

North Carolina has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

North Carolina’s definition is specifically related to textbooks/full curriculum materials.
North Carolina General Statute 115C85 defines a textbook as “systematically organized materials comprehensive enough to cover the primary objectives outlined in the standard course of study for a grade or course. Formats for textbooks may be print or nonprint, including hardbound books, softbound books, activity-oriented programs, classroom kits, and technology-based programs that require the use of electronic equipment in order to be used in the learning process.”

Technology-based programs may include subscription or web-based materials. (SBE TEXT-000)

Includes

Digital

OER

Definition for Open Educational Resources

North Carolina has a definition for open educational resources.

North Carolina considers Open Educational Resource materials to mean freely accessible resources with no or limited license restrictions.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

North Carolina has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

North Carolina’s definition is specifically related to textbooks/full curriculum materials.

State Board of Education to select and adopt textbooks: The Board shall select and adopt for a period determined to be most advantageous to the State public school system for the exclusive use in the public schools of North Carolina the basic textbooks or series of books needed for instructional purposes at each instructional level on all subject matter required by law to be taught in elementary and secondary schools of North Carolina.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

North Carolina has a statute requiring the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Session Law 2013-12, House Bill 44:

An act stating the intent of the General Assembly to transition from funding textbooks to funding digital learning in the public schools. As recommended by the legislative research commission study committee on digital learning environments in public schools.

It is the intent of the General Assembly to transition from funding for textbooks, both traditional and digital, to funding for digital materials, including textbooks and instructional resources, to provide educational resources that remain current, aligned with curriculum, and effective for all learners by 2017.

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

North Carolina 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

North Carolina 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

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

North Carolina has a process for the review of instructional materials.

North Carolina’s review process is specifically related to textbooks/full curriculum materials.

The selection of textbooks consists of a review of systematically organized material comprehensive enough to cover the primary objectives outlined in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for a grade or course. Members appointed to the North Carolina Textbook Commission review textbooks that may be print or non-print, using evaluative criteria to select the best materials to support the goals and objectives of the Standard Course of Study. The Textbook Commission makes recommendations to the State Board of Education and recommendations adopted by the Board are placed on a state adopted list. Districts may leverage the state adopted list to make local textbook selections.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Online content

Software

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

North Carolina has a process for the review of instructional materials outcomes.

Adopted

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

North Carolina posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

North Carolina does not require districts to purchase state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

North Carolina 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

North Carolina 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

North Carolina 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

North Carolina 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

North Carolina has a state resource repository.

The NC Department of Public Instruction manages the North Carolina Learning Object Repository (NCLOR) through collaboration with the Community College System.

Home Base is North Carolina’s suite of digital classroom management tools and instructional resources for teachers, students, parents and administrators. Content from the NCLOR is available via the instructional improvement system of Home Base, as well as in NC Canvas Commons for districts who use Canvas LMS.

NCWiseOwl serves as the portal for state provided subscription databases for student and staff information needs.

Includes

OER

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Subscription based resources (via contract or partnership)

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

North Carolina has dedicated state funding.

Funds allotted for textbooks and digital resources may only be used for the purchase of textbooks and digital resources. These funds shall not be transferred out of the allotment for any other purpose.

Instructional Materials

Digital Instructional materials

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Leverage state purchasing contracts

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Overview

In the state of North Carolina, the procurement of devices and instructional materials is determined locally by the individual LEA or Charter School. Districts have flexibility in what they textbooks and other instructional materials, including digital resources, they adopt at the local level. They may leverage the State Board adopted textbook list as a guide.

Through our statewide Instructional Improvement System (IIS) the state is able to purchase statewide licensing to instructional materials that are delivered through the IIS platform. This procurement process follows the requirements for NC state agencies. NC Public School Law requires the State Board of Education to make all necessary rules and regulations concerning requests for bids, notification to publishers of calls for adoption, execution and delivery of contracts, requirement of performance bonds, cancellation clauses, and such other material matters as may affect the validity of the contracts.

North Carolina General Statute 115C85 defines a textbook as “systematically organized materials comprehensive enough to cover the primary objectives outlined in the standard course of study for a grade or course. (SBE TEXT-000)

More Information

Guidance – Publishers

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

There is guidance available for publishers in the area of student data privacy. The Enterprise Security and Risk Management Office has published a Statewide Information Security Manual for North Carolina. (February 2016)

Includes

Student data privacy

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

North Carolina 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

North Carolina does not have a request for proposals/request for information process.

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

North Carolina negotiate prices with publishers, vendors during the RFP/RFI process, and districts may purchase the materials directly from the vendor.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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