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Education Agency

Rhode Island Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Rhode Island has educational technology standards.

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

State Digital Learning Plan

Rhode Island does not have a State Digital Learning Plan.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Rhode Island has requirements for district technology planning.

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.

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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.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Rhode Island does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

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

Definition for Open Educational Resources

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

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Policy - Adoption

Rhode Island does not have an adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

Policy - Open Educational Resources

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

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.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Rhode Island provides information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

Rhode Island provides information, examples or technical assistance to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible technologies.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

Rhode Island does not provide guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

The state does not have a specific policy for the purchase of devices. The state has a master purchasing agreement that schools may leverage to purchase devices. http://www.ride.ri.gov/FundingFinance/FundingSources/Purchasing.aspx#1410692-master-price-agreements

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

Rhode Island does not have procurement guidelines specific to digital instructional materials.

Our state does not have any official policies or guidelines addressing the procurement of digital instructional materials, however, the state does encourage the use of digital instructional materials.

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.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

Rhode Island has state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase digital devices.

The state has a master purchasing agreement that schools may leverage to purchase devices. http://www.ride.ri.gov/FundingFinance/FundingSources/Purchasing.aspx#1410692-master-price-agreements

Master Contract Instructional Materials

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

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Rhode Island does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Rhode Island does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Funding & Finance
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Rhode Island 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.

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

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

Funding for Devices

Rhode Island 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

Rhode Island has a funding stream to purchase digital instructional materials for special purposes.

IDEA funds can be used to purchase digital instructional materials.

Digital Learning Resources

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.

Open Educational Resources

Rhode Island develops open educational resources.

Rhode Island does not recommend/endorse open educational resources.

Educators across the state created OER they are available in the Instructional Support System to all educators across the state.

State Resource Repository

Rhode Island has a state resource repository.

Instructional Support System

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

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

Open Educational Resources

Rhode Island does not have a vetting process for open educational resources.

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