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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

Texas has a state digital learning plan.

The state digital learning plan is called The Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020. It is updated periodically, usually after legislation passes to require an update.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Texas does not have requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Texas does not have digital learning standards for students.

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Overview

The State Board of Education (SBOE) issues a call for new instructional materials for specific subjects and courses when the state standards for that subject or course are revised. The commissioner of education appoints the state review panel members from nominations submitted by educational organizations across the state, educators, academic experts, parents, or SBOE members. The state review panels review the materials to determine the extent to which the standards are covered and to identify factual errors. Links are posted on the agency website to all materials submitted for consideration during the public review period. Any resident of Texas may submit written comments or report alleged factual errors to the commissioner. The commissioner provides reports to the SBOE outlining the state review panels’ findings and listing any reported errors and provides copies of all public comment received. The SBOE also holds a public hearing allowing citizens the opportunity to provide oral testimony about instructional materials submitted for adoption. The SBOE determines by majority vote whether materials are adopted.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Instructional Materials

Texas has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

“Instructional materials” means content that conveys the essential knowledge and skills of a subject in the public school curriculum through a medium or a combination of media for conveying information to a student. The term includes a book, supplementary materials, a combination of a book, workbook, and supplementary materials, computer software, magnetic media, DVD, CD-ROM, computer courseware, on-line services, or an electronic medium, or other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means, including open-source instructional material.

Includes

Digital

OER

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Texas has a definition for open educational resources.

Open education resource instructional material means teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that allows for free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others, including full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Texas has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

The Texas review and adoption process determines the instructional materials eligible for adoption by the SBOE. The process starts when the SBOE calls for new instructional materials and is complete with the selection and implementation of new materials by school districts. The SBOE issues a proclamation, which identifies the subject areas or courses being called for and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements. It also includes student enrollment information, a detailed schedule of adoption procedures, and instructions for providing electronic files for the production of braille, audio, and large-print materials. Proclamations are named for the year in which the materials are intended to be made available in the classroom.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Texas has a statute allowing the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Certification of Provisional Instructional Materials. Each school district and open-enrollment charter school shall annually certify to the State Board of Education and the commissioner that, for each subject in the required curriculum under Section 28.002, other than physical education, and each grade level, the district provides each student with instructional materials that cover all elements of the essential knowledge and skills adopted by the State Board of Education for that subject and grade level. To determine whether each student has instructional materials that cover all elements of the essential knowledge and skills as required by Subsection (a), a school district or open-enrollment charter school may consider instructional materials adopted by the State Board of Education; materials adopted or purchased by the commissioner; open education resource instructional materials: and instructional materials developed or purchased by the school district.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

A publisher who offers electronic instructional materials must provide a report for each electronic component that verifies that the components follow Web Content Accessibility (WCAG) 2.0 AA standards and technical standards required by the Federal Rehabilitation Act, Section 508. The report must be prepared by an independent third party and be based on an audit testing the accessibility of a random sampling of pages as outlined in each proclamation. The number of pages to be audited to meet the requirements in the proclamation shall be determined by the publisher. A publisher who provides access to materials to students with disabilities through an alternate format shall include a link to that material on the entrance page of the main product. Materials delivered online shall meet minimum web-based standards.

Guidance Accessible Technologies

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

Assistive technology enables students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence, and participate actively in education and life activities.

Texas Assistive Technology Network strives to increase access for people with disabilities to assistive technology that provides more control over their immediate environments and an enhanced ability to function independently.

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Texas has a process for the review of instructional materials.

The State Board of Education (SBOE) issues a call for new instructional materials for specific subjects and courses when the state standards for that subject or course are revised. The commissioner of education appoints the state review panel members from nominations submitted by educational organizations across the state, educators, academic experts, parents, or SBOE members. The state review panels review the materials to determine the extent to which the standards are covered and to identify factual errors. Links are posted on the agency website to all materials submitted for consideration during the public review period. Any resident of Texas may submit written comments or report alleged factual errors to the commissioner. The commissioner provides reports to the SBOE outlining the state review panels’ findings and listing any reported errors and provides copies of all public comment received. The SBOE also holds a public hearing allowing citizens the opportunity to provide oral testimony about instructional materials submitted for adoption. The SBOE determines by majority vote whether materials are adopted.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Online content

Software

Supplemental materials

OER

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Adopted

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Texas posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Texas 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

Texas has an ESA or other regional organization that posts reviewed instructional materials.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Texas has a state hosted content management system or a state master contract for a content management system available to schools and districts.

The Texas Gateway is a public, open interface accessible by all Texas teachers, parents, and students. The Texas Gateway contains online resources for the classroom that are aligned to the state standards and designed for general instruction, intervention, acceleration, and additional practice. It also contains professional development resources for teachers.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Texas 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

Texas has a state resource repository.

Texas hosts the Texas Gateway, an interactive learning environment for all Texas public and open enrollment charter schools.

Includes

OER

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Texas has dedicated state funding.

An instructional materials allotment (IMA) for the purchase of instructional materials, technological equipment, and technology-related services was created in 2011 by the Texas legislature. Each district and open-enrollment charter school is entitled to an IMA, which it uses for local procurement of instructional materials. The IMA is funded from the instructional materials fund, an amount set aside biennially from the payout of the permanent school fund. The payout rate is determined by the State Board of Education (SBOE), the amount of the instructional materials fund is determined through legislative appropriation, and the amount of the IMA is determined by the commissioner based on the legislative appropriation. Districts and open-enrollment charter schools have access to their allotment through EMAT, the instructional materials ordering system. Eligible IMA expenditures include instructional materials, both print and digital, and other kinds of educational technology.

Instructional Materials

Digital Instructional materials

Devices

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Partner with non-profits

Leverage state purchasing contracts

Other

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Overview

An Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) for the purchase of instructional materials, technological equipment, and technology-related services was created in 2011 by the Texas legislature. Each district and open-enrollment charter school is entitled to an IMA, which it uses for local procurement of instructional materials. The IMA is funded from the instructional materials fund, an amount set aside biennially from the payout of the permanent school fund. The payout rate is determined by the State Board of Education (SBOE), the amount of the instructional materials fund is determined through legislative appropriation, and the amount of the IMA is determined by the commissioner based on the legislative appropriation. Districts and open-enrollment charter schools have access to their allotment through EMAT, the instructional materials ordering system. Eligible IMA expenditures include instructional materials, both print and digital, and other kinds of educational technology.

More Information

Guidance – Publishers

Texas does not have procurement guidelines for companies interested in selling instructional materials in the state.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Materials must be fully accessible to students with disabilities, including meeting Web Content Accessibility (WCAG) 2.0 AA standards and technical standards required by the Federal Rehabilitation Act, Section 508.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

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

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Pricing Negotiation

Texas 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

Texas manages regional groups that participate in regional purchasing consortia for instructional materials.

Varies across state