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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

Tennessee does not have a state digital learning plan.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Tennessee has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

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.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Tennessee does not have digital learning standards for students.

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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. Electronic textbooks may be recommended, adopted and purchased in the same fashion as print textbooks.

Beginning in 2015, all future textbooks bid in Tennessee are available for review online. Information regarding how to access digital reviews for the upcoming textbook adoption cycle is available on the Textbook Online Samples webpage. With the availability of an online review, textbooks in printed form will only be available for review at Middle Tennessee State University.

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

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Instructional Materials

Tennessee has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

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.

Includes

Digital

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Tennessee does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Tennessee has a statute for the adoption of 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

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Tennessee 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

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

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Tennessee has a process for the review of instructional materials.

The vetting for digital instructional materials is the same as the process for print materials. “Beginning in 2015, all future textbooks bid in Tennessee are available for review online. Information regarding how to access digital reviews for the upcoming textbook adoption cycle is available on the Textbook Online Samples webpage. With the availability of an online review, textbooks in printed form will only be available for review at Middle Tennessee State University.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Online content

Software

OER

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

Tennessee has a process for the review of instructional materials outcomes.

Adopted

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Tennessee posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

Tennessee does not require districts to purchase state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Tennessee 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

Tennessee 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

Tennessee 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

Tennessee 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

Tennessee does not have a state resource repository.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Tennessee has dedicated state funding.

Instructional Materials

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Leverage state purchasing contracts

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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.

Guidance – Publishers

Tennessee has 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

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

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

Tennessee has a request for proposals/request for information process.

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Master Contract - Contract with State

Tennessee 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

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

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Pricing Negotiation

Tennessee 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

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