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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

South Carolina has a state digital learning plan.

South Carolina has a state level educational technology plan, under the leadership of the South Carolina Department of Education and the state’s K-12 Technology Initiative Committee. The state revises the plan every 3 years, with annual reviews.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

South Carolina has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Independent district level educational technology plans are required by South Carolina and are revised annually. The state provides planning support through online webinars, e-mail and website support. The state technology plans are reviewed and the state renders input and/or approval of plans. The state also publishes model plans.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

South Carolina has digital learning standards for students.

Approved for K-8 on May 9, 2017 by the South Carolina State Board of Education

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Overview

The State Board of Education has the responsibility and duty to adopt the instructional materials used for instruction in the public schools of South Carolina. In South Carolina, the state instructional materials adoption process includes the review and adoption of print and digital materials. Regulations regarding textbooks are posted here. The Department of Education facilitates the process using the guidelines and procedures outlined in the Instructional Materials Adoption regulations which include the bids process for instructional materials.

State adopted print and digital materials are available to schools through the state funding designated for instructional materials.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

South Carolina has a unique definition or references the federal definition for accessible instructional/educational materials.

Accessible educational materials, or AEM, are print- and technology-based educational materials, including printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials that are designed or enhanced in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of learner variability, regardless of format (e.g. print, digital, graphic, audio, video).

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Accessible technology is technology that can be used by people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. It incorporates the principles of universal design. Each user is able to interact with the technology in ways that work best for him or her. Accessible technology is either directly accessible (usable without assistive technology) or it is compatible with standard assistive technology. Products that adhere to accessible design principles are usable by individuals with diverse abilities, needs and preferences. Definition adapted from AccessibleTech.org’s What is Accessible Electronic and Information Technology?

Definition for Instructional Materials

South Carolina has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Instructional materials include digital and print content.

Includes

Digital

Definition for Open Educational Resources

South Carolina does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

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

Section 59-31-360 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, requires that textbooks and instructional materials adopted by the State Board of Education for use in public school must be supplied to public school students in grades K-12.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

South Carolina has a statute allowing the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Section 59-31-360 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, requires that textbooks and instructional materials adopted by the State Board of Education for use in public school must be supplied to public school students in grades K-12.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

South 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

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

Assistance provided upon request by LEAs

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

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

In South Carolina, the state instructional materials adoption process includes the review and adoption of print and digital materials.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Online content

Software

Supplemental materials

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Adopted

Other

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

South Carolina posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

South 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

South 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

South 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

South 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

South Carolina does not have a state resource repository.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

South Carolina has dedicated state funding.

State funds are provided directly for the purchase of instructional materials via a state budget instructional materials line item that includes the option to purchase print and/or digital instructional materials.

Instructional Materials

Digital Instructional materials

Funding - District Options

Other

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Overview

State adopted print and digital materials are available to schools through the state funding designated for instructional materials. The State Board of Education has the responsibility and duty to adopt the instructional materials used for instruction in the public schools of South Carolina. Regulations regarding instructional materials are posted http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t59c005.php. The Department of Education facilitates the process using the guidelines and procedures outlined in the State Board of Education Instructional Materials Adoption regulations which include the bids process for instructional materials.

More Information

Guidance – Publishers

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

Publishers/vendors provide contact information to receive the call for bids and bidding instructions using the link available on the SCDE’s Instructional Materials website. Call for bids for instructional materials is posted in January each year on the SCDE’s Instructional Materials website.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Publishers/vendors receive NIMAS and 508 information and instructions with the call for the bids for instructional materials.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

South Carolina has a request for proposals/request for information process.

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Master Contract - Contract with State

South Carolina has state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the state.

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

South Carolina 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

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