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Overview

Education Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Pennsylvania does not have educational technology standards.

State Educational Technology Plan

Pennsylvania does not have an educational technology plan.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Pennsylvania does not have requirements for district technology planning.

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Overview

Pennsylvania 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.

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) seeking to acquire instructional devices and/or digital materials usually do so through local or consortia bid processes, the latter typically managed through Regional Education Agencies (i.e., PA Intermediate Units). LEAs may also purchase through existing state-level agreements with qualifying vendors.

Basic education funding and most other state grants provide purchasing flexibility, allowing for the procurement of instructional technology such as end-user equipment and digital content as long as the purchases support the grant objectives. Pennsylvania LEAs have the ability to select which textbooks and supplementary books they will use, as well as when new texts are needed, provided the materials are adopted at the local level in a manner and time frame consistent with Pennsylvania School Code.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

Pennsylvania does not have a unique definition for accessible instructional/educational materials nor references the federal definition for accessible materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Pennsylvania does not have a definition for accessible technologies nor references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Pennsylvania does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

Pennsylvania definition for instructional materials/textbook does not include the option for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Pennsylvania does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

The state does not have policies or guidelines related to the provision of digital content for student and/or family use of digital content outside of the classroom and/or at home – except for LEAs participating in the Flexible Instructional Day Pilot Program and employing non-traditional strategies to provide a continuity of instruction on regularly-scheduled school days during which circumstances necessitate an alternate approach. LEAs employing a Flexible Instructional Day (FID) must ensure that the educational experience is a natural extension of the classroom learning and equitable for all participants and populations.

Policy - Adoption

Pennsylvania does not have an adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Pennsylvania does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Pennsylvania does not have a state policy related to implementing OER materials. Decisions regarding curriculum and instructional materials are made at the local level.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Pennsylvania does not provide information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

Pennsylvania does not provide information, examples or technical assistance to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible technologies.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

Pennsylvania does not provide guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

Pennsylvania does not have procurement guidelines specific to digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Publishers

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

As a local-control commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s procurement is autonomous; Local Education Agencies (LEAs) contract individually or through consortia (such as PAIU). The LEA/consortium lead will apprise the company of appropriate procedures, as they may vary by locale.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Pennsylvania does not have guidelines for commercial or OER publishers, developers, or vendors related to accessibility features in products/services.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

Pennsylvania does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase digital devices.

Master Contract Instructional Materials

Pennsylvania does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase instructional materials.

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Pennsylvania does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Pennsylvania does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Bureau of Procurement
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Pennsylvania does not have dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

Districts fund the purchase of digital instructional materials with general state funds and/or local initiatives.

Pennsylvania districts have the option to collaborate on the purchase of digital instructional materials.

Pennsylvania districts have the option to purchase digital instructional materials with local funds.

Funding for Devices

Pennsylvania does not have dedicated funds for digital devices.

Each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices (hardware).

Funding for Special Purposes

Pennsylvania does not have a funding stream to purchase digital instructional materials for special purposes.

Similar to other state funding, special purpose funding provides flexibility for (but does not specifically recommend or require) the purchase of digital materials.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Pennsylvania 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

Pennsylvania does not have a state hosted learning management system or state master contract for a learning management system available to schools and districts.

Open Educational Resources

Pennsylvania develops open educational resources.

Pennsylvania does not recommend/endorse open educational resources.

Pennsylvania Learns on iTunes U is a collection of free, online, educational resources and some of the resources have open licenses. Pennsylvania Learns on iTunes U brings state standards-aligned resources to the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content that helps educators create courses, including lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and syllabi. The first phase of Pennsylvania Learns, launched on iTunes U, includes course resources for grades 6-8 in math, algebra I, biology, and grades 9-12 in English language arts.

State Resource Repository

Pennsylvania has a state resource repository.

PDE SAS portal: Through contracted services, the SEA manages the portal; however, the portal also facilitates the development and sharing of materials by local entities.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

Pennsylvania does not have a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

Pennsylvania has not established a rubric or selection process for the local vetting of digital resources. Pennsylvania does not recommend or endorse specific instructional resources; decisions regarding curriculum and instructional materials are made at the local level.

For vetting optional-use materials and resources available through the Standards Aligned System (SAS) Portal or PA Learns on iTunes U, the SEA employs rubrics and selection processes that determine standards-alignment and are most appropriate to the project at hand (e.g., DoK).

Open Educational Resources

Pennsylvania does not have a vetting process for open educational resources.

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