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Overview

Education Agency

Tennessee Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Tennessee does not have educational technology standards.

State Educational Technology Plan

Tennessee does not have an educational technology plan.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Tennessee has requirements for district technology planning.

Independent district level educational technology plans are required by the state as part of each LEAs comprehensive or school improvement plan, and are revised annually.

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Overview

The State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission is responsible for recommending an official list of textbooks and instructional materials to the Tennessee State Board of Education (SBE) for approval based on the state’s approval process. Once the SBE has approved a list of textbooks and instructional materials, it is the responsibility of local boards of education to decide which textbooks and instructional materials to use in their districts. The department administers and coordinates the bidding, reviewing, listing, adoption and approval process for textbooks and instructional materials used by Tennessee schools. The department also implements the rules, policies and procedures established by the Tennessee Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission regarding textbooks and instructional materials.

According to Tennessee Code, a “textbook” or “textbooks” includes “electronic textbook” or “electronic textbooks,” which means computer software, interactive videodisc, magnetic media, CD-ROM, computer courseware, local and remote computer assisted instruction, online service, electronic medium or other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means. Electronic textbooks may be recommended, adopted and purchased in the same fashion as provided for textbooks in this part.

Districts do have the option to choose to use non-state approved instructional materials.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Tennessee does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

Tennessee has a definition for instructional materials/textbook that includes the option for digital instructional materials.

Tennessee Code 49-6-2202: As used in this part or elsewhere in this title, “textbook” or “textbooks” includes “electronic textbook” or “electronic textbooks,” which means computer software, interactive videodisc, magnetic media, CD-ROM, computer courseware, local and remote computer assisted instruction, online service, electronic medium or other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means. Electronic textbooks may be recommended, adopted and purchased in the same fashion as provided for textbooks in this part.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Tennessee does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidance Outside of School

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

Policy - Adoption

Tennessee has an adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

The state textbook adoption process is administered in accordance with the statutory requirements as set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 22 and the Rules and Policies of the State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission – See more at: http://tennessee.gov/education/topic/textbook-adoption-process#sthash.utQ0SOMT.dpuf

Digital Content Included

Software

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Tennessee has a policy for open educational resources.

In Tennessee, OER resources are included in the textbook adoption process.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

Tennessee provides guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

State guidance for the purchase of digital devices is under development.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

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

The state does encourage the use of digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Publishers

Tennessee 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.

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Tennessee does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Tennessee does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Department of Procurement and Contracts: TN Board of Regents
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Tennessee 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.

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

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

Tennessee districts have the option to leverage state agency purchasing for digital instructional materials.

Tennessee districts have the option to purchase digital instructional materials in collaboration with non-profits.

Funding for Devices

Tennessee 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

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

Digital Learning Resources

Open Educational Resources

Tennessee develops open educational resources.

Tennessee does not recommend/endorse open educational resources.

Tennessee has developed a limited number of OER materials including sample tasks, units, and formative assessment. These resources are housed in TNCore along with other instructional materials. TNCore is a password protected webpage accessible to all Tennessee educators.

State Resource Repository

Tennessee does not have a state resource repository.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

Tennessee has a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

The vetting for digital instructional materials is the same as the process for print materials.

Open Educational Resources

Tennessee has a vetting process for open educational resources.

The vetting of OER materials is part of the state’s textbook adoption process.

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