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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

Rhode Island does not have a state digital learning plan.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Rhode Island has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Independent district level educational technology plans are required by Rhode Island and are revised every 3 years. The state provides planning support through e-mail and website support. The state technology plans are used for grant approval, infrastructure planning and determining district/school readiness and capacity.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Rhode Island has digital learning standards for students.

Rhode Island educational technology standards are embedded as part of the core curriculum standards.

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Overview

EdReport, an independent nonprofit designed to improve K-12 education, has created a toolkit to help educators use EdReport reviews to analyze how well instructional materials are aligned to college and career-ready standards and what adjustments may need to be considered to ensure that all students have access to the materials they deserve. http://goo.gl/EiWiAb

 

 

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Instructional Materials

Rhode Island does not have a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Rhode Island does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

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

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Rhode Island has a statute allowing the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Rhode Island does not have a state policy specific to OER materials, however the state’s instructional material policies permit the implementation of OER. The intent of the state regulations is to ensure that all students have access to quality online learning opportunities and to support LEAs in their role of identifying the online learning activities that best meets each student’s needs and goals. All content whether online or in print must be aligned to common state standards, national and/or technical standards and reflect the guaranteed and viable curriculum available for all students.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Rhode Island provides guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible digital instructional materials for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

TechACCESS of Rhode Island was founded in 1991 to provide assistive technology (AT) services to people with disabilities. TechACCESS believes that an informed consumer working collaboratively with knowledgeable professionals can best identify and select effective technology devices and services to improve his or her independent functioning. To achieve this, our programs are offered to assistive technology users, families, educational and therapeutic professionals, and others interested in learning more about assistive technology.

http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/index.html

http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/wwslist.html

http://techmatrix.org/

http://aem.cast.org/navigating/aem-navigator.html#.WEb-0bIrK70

Guidance Accessible Technologies

Rhode Island provides guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible technologies for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

Each public agency must ensure that children with disabilities who need instructional materials in accessible formats are provided those materials in a timely manner, and must take all reasonable steps to provide instructional materials in accessible formats to children with disabilities who need those instructional materials at the same time as other children receive instructional materials.

http://www.techaccess-ri.org/
http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/index.html
http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/wwslist.html
http://techmatrix.org/
http://aem.cast.org/navigating/aem-navigator.html#.WEb- 0bIrK70

Guidance Inclement Weather

Rhode Island provides guidance to districts for possible solutions to scheduling issues posed by inclement weather.

In 2017, the Governor signed a bill into law requiring that the Rhode Island Department of Education (“RIDE”) establish a policy that allows districts to submit detailed plans if their schools intend to conduct instruction through virtual education when schools have been closed due to inclement weather or other emergency. This guidance document contains information about the process a Local Education Agency (“LEA”) should use to submit a plan, the components that should be included in the plan, and a rubric establishing criteria as to how the plan will be evaluated.

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

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

EdReport, an independent nonprofit designed to improve K-12 education, has created a toolkit to help educators use EdReport reviews to analyze how well instructional materials are aligned to college and career-ready standards and what adjustments may need to be considered to ensure that all students have access to the materials they deserve.

http://www.ride.ri.gov/InstructionAssessment/Mathematics/CurricularandInstructionalResources.aspx#39041470-edreport-instructional-materials-review-guide

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Rhode Island does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

Rhode Island does not require districts to purchase state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Rhode Island 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

Rhode Island 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

Rhode Island 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

Rhode Island 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

Rhode Island has a state resource repository.

Instructional Support System

Includes

OER

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Rhode Island does not have dedicated state funding.

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Partner with non-profits

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Overview

Rhode Island 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. Procurement is done through a bid or cooperative purchasing agreements. The state has a master price agreement available for districts and libraries for devices. There are no specific state funding streams to support the purchase of digital or other instructional materials. LEAs use local and state funding formula funds for their instructional materials budget. State policies provide the flexibility and freedom for LEAs to work individually with all instructional materials publishers.

Guidance – Publishers

Rhode Island 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

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

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

Rhode Island does not have a request for proposals/request for information process.

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Rhode Island 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

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