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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

Utah has a state digital learning plan.

Utah has an independent state level educational technology plan. The state revises the plan as needed. For more information:https://schoolboard.utah.gov/news/utah-state-board-of-education-approves-nations-first-statewide-digital-teaching-and-learning-master-plan

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Utah has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

To qualify for Utah’s Digital Teaching and Learning Plan each LEA must have an approved plan.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Utah has digital learning standards for students.

Utah has state specific educational standards based on the ISTE NETS standards.

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Overview

The state provides a Recommended Instructional Materials System (RIMS) which is utilized by most districts, and includes contracted prices that are guaranteed for five years.Digital materials are included in Utah’s semi-annual scheduled reviews of instructional materials. Utah is a member state of the State Instructional Materials Review Association, as well as SETDA, and collaborates with many other states in formulating the best instructional materials review procedures for all types of curriculum resources, both digital and non-digital.

The Favored Nation Status guarantees district and local education agencies the lowest price offered anywhere in the state. Funding for Digital Learning Resources (DLRs), including hardware and digital curriculum is available through state equipment funds and textbook funds (textbook funds can be used to purchase electronic equipment).

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Instructional Materials

Utah has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Instructional materials; means systematically arranged content in text, digital, Braille and large print, and audio format which may be used within the state curriculum framework for courses of study by students in public schools, including textbooks, workbooks, computer software, online or internet courses, CDs or DVDs, and multiple forms of communication media. Such materials may be used by students or teachers or both as principal sources of study to cover any portion of the course. These materials: (1) shall be designed for student use; and (2) may be accompanied by or contain teaching guides and study helps; (3) shall include all textbooks, workbooks and student materials and supplements necessary for a student to fully participate in coursework; and (4) shall be high quality, research-based and proven to be effective in supporting student learning. Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that have been created using content that is not copyrighted and therefore restricted

 

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Digital

OER

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Utah has a definition for open educational resources.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that have been created using content that is not copyrighted and therefore restricted in use. OER are openly licensed materials that can be used for teaching, learning, student support, and teacher support. While they are openly licensed, they are not free: there is a substantial effort involved in collecting and reviewing resources to ensure they are aligned to the Utah Core Standards and that they are updated and improved on a regular basis.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Utah has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

The Utah State Board of Education approves a recommended list of instructional materials twice yearly as a service to districts in the selection of instructional materials. This procedure is mandated by law since 1907 however, districts are free to select materials that are not on the list. Look under the regulation tab for more information.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

53A-14-102. Commission’s evaluation of instructional materials — Recommendation by the state board. (1) Semi-annually after reviewing the evaluations of the commission, the board shall recommend instructional materials for use in the public schools.
(2) The standard period of time instructional materials shall remain on the list of recommended instructional materials shall be five years.

(3) Unsatisfactory instructional materials may be removed from the list of recommended instructional materials at any time within the period applicable to the instructional materials.

(4) Except as provided in Section 53A-13-101, each school shall have discretion to select instructional materials for use by the school. A school may select:

(a) instructional materials recommended by the board as provided in this section; or

(b) other instructional materials the school considers appropriate to teach the core standards for Utah public schools.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

Utah has a statute requiring students to take an online course prior to graduation.

Effective 5/9/2017

53A-15-1204. Option to enroll in online courses offered through the Statewide Online Education Program.

(1) Subject to the course limitations provided in Subsection (2), an eligible student may enroll in an online course offered through the Statewide Online Education Program if:

(a) the student meets the course prerequisites;

(b) the course is open for enrollment;

(c) the online course is aligned with the student’s plan for college and career readiness;

(d) the online course is consistent with the student’s individual education plan (IEP), if the student has an IEP; and

(e)the online course is consistent with the student’s international baccalaureate program, if the student is participating in an international baccalaureate program.

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Utah 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

Utah 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

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Utah has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Digital materials are included in Utah’s semi-annual scheduled reviews of instructional materials. Utah is a member state of the State Instructional Materials Review Association,as well as SETDA, and collaborates with many other states in formulating the best instructional materials review procedures for all types of curriculum resources, both digital and non-digital.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Online content

Software

OER

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Rated

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Utah posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Utah does not have an Education Service Agency (ESA) or other regional organization that has a process for the review of instructional materials.

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Supplemental materials

Regional Support - Posting Reviewed Instructional Materials

Utah 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

Utah 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

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

The Utah Education Network has a negotiated agreement for a Learning Management System statewide. It is not part of the State Education Agency.

State Resource Repository

Utah has a state resource repository.

The Utah Education Network provides a repository of many resources that it has negotiated contracts for. It is not part of the State Education Agency.

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Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Utah does not have dedicated state funding.

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Leverage state purchasing contracts

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Overview

Utah 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. Districts may use allotted funds for the purchase of technology as determined by local boards of education. The state provides a Recommended Instructional Materials System (RIMS) which is utilized by most districts, and includes contracted prices that are guaranteed for five years. The Favored Nation Status guarantees district and local education agencies the lowest price offered anywhere in the state. Funding for Digital Learning Resources (DLR’s), including hardware and digital curriculum is available through state equipment funds and textbook funds (textbook funds can be used to purchase electronic equipment).

Utah does not have legislation that requires adoption of specific DLR’s by the state or localities, but there is an expectation that DLR align to Utah’s standards of learning. Utah has a textbook review/approval process that is reviewed by the highly qualified teachers and subject area specialists. All subject areas are reviewed each year, however, districts may choose to use non-state approved textbooks. Reviews of materials are posted on a target website during the 5 year contract period. The Utah State Board of Education approves a recommended list of instructional materials twice yearly as a service to districts in the selection of instructional materials. This procedure is mandated by law since 1907 however, districts are free to select materials that are not on the list. To encourage the implementation of digital instructional materials, Utah has developed OER digital resources and a state driven one-to-one initiative that encourages districts to acquire technology.

Guidance – Publishers

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

The process is the same as it is for all instructional materials:? an intention to bid must be declared; abid must be sent; samples must be sent free of charge; contracts must be signed; independent alignments must be sent for materials that are recommended;NIMAS files must be registered.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Utah 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

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

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Master Contract - Contract with State

Utah 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

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

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Instructional Materials

State Pricing Negotiation

Utah 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

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