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Overview

Education Agency

Virginia Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

Virginia has educational technology standards.

Virginia has Computer/Technology Standards for grades K-12. Standards for Instructional Personnel are also found at the following site: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/technology/standards/index.shtml

State Digital Learning Plan

Virginia has a State Digital Learning Plan.

Virginia has an independent state level educational technology plan. The state revises the plan every 6 years. For more information: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/technology/edtech_plan/index.shtml

District Technology Planning Requirements

Virginia has requirements for district technology planning.

Independent district level educational technology plans are required by Virginia and are revised every 6 years. The state provides training support through online webinars, face to face trainings, e-mail and website support. The technology plans are reviewed to ensure alignment with the state educational technology plan, progress towards meeting state goals for educational technology integration, and to ensure that state and federal requirements are met. For more information: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/technology/edtech_plan/index.shtml.

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Overview

In Virginia, the procurement of devices and instructional materials by state agencies are completed in two ways separate ways.

1. Procurement of Devices: If the procurement is part of a solicitation for a device purchase for students that requires software to be loaded as part of the purchase, then prior to the purchase the contract must be approved by the Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA-http://www.vita.virginia.gov). VITA is a state government oversight and monitoring agency.

2. For purchases specific to digital instructional materials at the state or local level, the procurement is conducted through bid or sole source with only departmental or local oversight. If a district solicits bids and purchases digital learning resources (DLR), all other districts in the state can buy off of their contract. Funding for DLR is available through state technology equipment grants (a portion is allocated for DLR), textbook funds (textbook funds can be used to purchase DLRs), specific DLR grants from the Governor or General Assembly, and local funding. There is no legislation that requires adoption of specific DLRs by the state or localities, but there is an expectation that DLR align to Virginias standards of learning. Some larger districts have resource portals with purchased software, OER, and district created resources. Virginia has joined the #GoOpen movement and is actively pursuing the curation and creation of open education resources through a contract with eMediaVA.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Virginia provides definitions related to purchase of and access to instructional materials via the federal definitions. Federal regulations, under the IDEA, require accessible instructional materials for all children whose IEP teams have certified that the child needs print materials in an accessible format in order to deliver a Free and Appropriate Public Education.

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/iep_instruct_svcs/accessible_materials/

 

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

“Assistive technology device” means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. 34 CFR §300.5 as referenced in IDEA.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Virginia does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

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

Textbooks means print or electronic media for student use that serves as the primary curriculum basis for a grade-level subject or course. http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/22.1-238/

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Virginia has an open educational resources definition.

Virginia uses the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation definition for open educational resources (OER) as “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. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

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

Virginia periodically develops and distributes resources to highlight interventions that work for struggling students. This includes services, print materials and digital materials.

Guidance Outside of School

Virginia provides guidance to LEAs in the use of digital instructional materials outside of the classroom.

One of the partners in #GoOpenVA is eMediaVA, which is a repositiory for digital instructional materials for Virginia educators. Students may be signed up to use the materials through their teacher.

Policy - Adoption

Virginia does not have an adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

Virginia does not have a formal adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

The Regulations Establishing Accrediting Standards for Public Schools in Virginia (SOA), effective September 28, 2000, require schools accredited with warning in English or mathematics to adopt and implement instructional interventions that have a proven track record of success at raising student achievement. The Board of Education is required to publish a list of recommended instructional interventions, which may be amended from time to time. Many of these supplemental resources are digital. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/federal_programs/esea/title1/part_a/instructional_interventions.pdf

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Virginia does not have a policy for open educational resources.

Virginia does not have a policy specific to OER materials however, OER texbtooks may be adopted via the textbook adoption policy. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/textbooks/review_process/index.shtml

Additionally, Virginia has signed on as a #GoOpen state, and is encouraging local divisions to create policies for the adoption and use of OER. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/technology/technology_initiatives/open-edu-resources/index.shtml

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

No but it is encouraged.

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

Virginia provides information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

Current guidelines address only blind students or visually impaired. A link to AEM is also provided on the Assistive Technology and the Accessible Instructional Materials sections of the Virginia Department of Education webpage.

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/disabilities/sensory_disabilities/visually_impaired_blind/visually_impaired_guidelines.pdf

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/iep_instruct_svcs/assistive_technology/index.shtml

 

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

Virginia provides information, examples or technical assistance to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible technologies.

Assistance is provided through the Assistive Technology Network of Virginia, via regional Training and Technical Assistance Centers.

http://ttaconline.org/atsdp/

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

Virginia provides guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

Although no general policy has been developed for the purchase of digital devices, a special program to support divisions who are struggling with funding to provide a one-to-one initative does include some specific parameters: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/technology/technology_initiatives/e-learning_backpack/index.shtml

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

Virginia has procurement guidelines specific to digital instructional materials.

Guidance – Publishers

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

Since June 2014, digital instructional material purchases may be made through the Virginia Digital Textbook Marketplace and Resource Center without following the usual procurement procedures. Some divisions are using this service.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

Virginia does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase digital devices.

Master Contract Instructional Materials

Virginia does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase instructional materials.

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Virginia posts adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Virginia does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Division of Finance and Operations
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Virginia has dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

State funds are provided directly for the purchase of instructional materials via a state budget instructional materials line item that includes the option to purchase instructional materials and/or does not prohibit the purchase of digital instructional materials.

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

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

Funding for Devices

Virginia has dedicated funds for digital devices.

State funds are provided directly for digital devices.

Funding for Special Purposes

Virginia has a funding stream to purchase digital instructional materials for special purposes.

Yes, the e-Learning Backpack initiative which is geared to schools who are struggling, requires certain materials to be included on the teacher’s devices.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Virginia 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

Virginia does not have a state hosted learning management system or state master contract for a learning management system available to schools and districts.

Open Educational Resources

Virginia develops open educational resources.

Virginia recommends/endorses open educational resources.

Virginia provides a content resource repository for teachers and students. The repository is managed by the State Agency of Education and includes some OER materials. The Virginia Department of Education has also contracted with Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc., to develop eMediaVA, a digital media distribution platform that provides teachers and students with digital content correlated to Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL) at no cost. iTunes program may be required to access content.

 

State Resource Repository

Virginia has a state resource repository.

Virginia works with mainly with eMediaVA to offer resources. However, other resources are found at Learn24VA, Virginia on iTunesU, and the Infinite Learning Lab, VDOE currently offers three digital Multi-Touch iBook textbooks: Economics, Personal Finance, and Say “Cheese,” Moon!

 

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

Virginia does not have a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

Open Educational Resources

Virginia does not have a vetting process for open educational resources.

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