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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

Vermont has a state digital learning plan.

Vermont has crafted a Digital Learning Plan for the years 2018-2021. It is suggested that LEA’s craft Digital Learning Plans in three-year increments to keep pace with changes in the technology landscape.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

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

Though Digital Learning Plans are not required, the VT Agency of Education strongly recommends a planning process be developed and undertaken in the three year increments

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Vermont has digital learning standards for students.

The Vermont State Board of Education adopted the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Student standards (2016) in November 2017.

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Overview

Vermont does not have a state level approval/review process for instructional materials. The state’s State Standards Coordinator assists schools with creating a process for approving instructional materials but does not make recommendations for specific materials.

Funding for instructional materials and devices is primarily provided locally, although in some cases federal funds, specifically Title I, are used.

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Vermont references the federal definition for accessible instructional/educational materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Vermont references the AEM Center’s definition of assistive technologies.

Definition for Instructional Materials

Vermont has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Vermont follows the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s definition of OER. Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open Educational Resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

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OER

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Vermont has a definition for open educational resources.

Vermont follows the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s definition of OER: teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open Educational Resources include 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

Vermont does not have a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

The VT Agency of Education encourages the implementation of digital instructional materials to better support individual student needs. Vermont is a local control state and superintendents, school boards, and teachers are left to choose the best instructional materials to enhance student learning.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Vermont 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

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

Vermont utilizes the Vermont Assistive Technology Program to guide district use in these resources.

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Vermont does not have a process for the review of instructional materials.

This process is undertaken at the local level in VT.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

Vermont does not have a process for the review of instructional materials outcomes.

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Vermont does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Vermont 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

Vermont 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

Vermont 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

Vermont 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

Vermont has a state resource repository.

Vermont has contracted with OER Commons to provide a platform for sharing OER materials. Currently, there is a Vermont Group called VTOpen within OER Commons.

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Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Vermont does not have dedicated state funding.

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

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Overview

Vermont 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. The procurement of devices is done locally but in some cases where a state contract is in place it is done via the Division of Buildings and General Services (BGS). Information for these contracts can be found here.

Funding for instructional materials and devices is primarily provided locally, although in some cases federal funds, specifically Title I, are used.

Guidance – Publishers

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

Companies interested in selling Digital Instructional materials should contact schools directly or work with the Division of Buildings and General Services for a potential state level contract.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Vermont 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

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

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Curation

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

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Devices

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

State Pricing Negotiation

Vermont 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

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