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Overview

Education Agency

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

State Educational Technology Standards

Washington has educational technology standards.

Washington established educational technology standards in 2008, and also developed optional-use classroom-based assessments that districts may use to assess student growth in educational technology. For more information: http://www.k12.wa.us/EdTech/StandardsAssessments.aspx

State Educational Technology Plan

Washington has an educational technology plan.

Washington has an independent state level educational technology plan. The state generated a concise update to the 2009 Education Technology Plan for K-12 Public Schools in Washington State in September 2016. With the substantial budget reductions in place during the past and current biennium, Washington has been unable to launch new programming, maintain many existing programs or expand current services. For more information: http://www.k12.wa.us/EdTech/StateTech/default.aspx.

District Technology Planning Requirements

Washington does not have requirements for district technology planning.

Washington does not require district level educational technology plans, but strongly encourages technology planning. District plans are generally revised every 3 years. For more information: http://www.k12.wa.us/EdTech/TechPlan/default.aspx.

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Overview

In Washington, the procurement of devices and instructional materials is primarily conducted at the local district level. Districts may choose to buy off of state master contracts, as well as make use of optional-buy contracts from several buying consortia, including Digital Edge, Washington Learning Source,  and Washington School Information Processing Cooperative. Funding for digital learning resources (DLR) are available through state basic education funding or local bonds or levies.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) partnered with the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) to update the sample school board instructional materials policy to better reflect digital materials and OER. Selecting supplemental DLR content is usually a school, department chair or teacher initiated process and there are no state laws restricting local selection and purchase of DLRs. The WSSDA released an updated model policy and procedure on Course Design, Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials that reflects 21st century instructional materials that include digital resources and OER. This model policy states that the Superintendent or designee may consider the use of field testing as part of the adoption process and this can provide a flexible opportunity to investigate the effectiveness of instructional materials through careful experimentation for an identified purpose based on student needs. In addition, the state has a state level OER initiative which includes digital OER to support the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

The Washington State School Directors’ Association has created a model policy in partnership with OSPI: 2020 – Course Design, Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials. All instructional materials are selected at the local school district level, and the state instructional materials toolkit includes link to federal guidance on accessibility.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Washington does not have a definition for accessible technologies nor references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

Washington does not have a definition for digital instructional materials.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) recently partnered with the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) to update the sample school board instructional materials policy to better reflect digital materials and OER.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

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

Instructional Materials are all materials designed for use by students and their teachers as learning resources to help students to acquire facts, skills, and/or to develop cognitive processes. These instructional materials, used to help students meet state learning standards, may be printed or digital, and may include textbooks, technology-based materials, other educational media, and assessments. They may carry different licensing types from open to all rights reserved.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Washington has an open educational resources definition.

Washington follows the Hewlett Foundation definition of OER that states: “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.” The Washington K-12 OER bill clarifies that open courseware “allows others to use, distribute, and create derivative works based upon the digital material, while still allowing the authors to retain the copyright.”

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

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

The Special Education Technology Center (SETC), funded by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Special Education Division and administered by Central Washington University (CWU) provides technology planning for students, a lending library of technology tools and resources and staff development to support teachers and administrators.

Guidance Outside of School

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

Policy - Adoption

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

Policy - Open Educational Resources

Washington has a policy for open educational resources.

RCW 28A.300.803 The legislature finds the state’s recent adoption of common core K-12 standards provides an opportunity to develop a library of high-quality, openly licensed K-12 courseware that is aligned with these standards. By developing this library of openly licensed courseware and making it available to school districts free of charge, the state and school districts will be able to provide students with curricula and texts while substantially reducing the expenses that districts would otherwise incur in purchasing these materials. In addition, this library of openly licensed courseware will provide districts and students with a broader selection of materials, and materials that are more up-to-date

Policy - Statute for Implementation

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

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

Washington has a state instructional materials toolkit.

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

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

Washington provides support for LEAs regarding the implementation of the the Special Education Technology Center (http://www.specialedtechcenter.org) and via links on Educational Technology pages to accessibilty resources.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

Washington does not provide guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

Washington does not have procurement guidelines specific to digital instructional materials.

The state does encourage the use of digital instructional materials. The Washington State School Directors Association has just released an updated model policy and procedure on Course Design, Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials that reflects 21st century instructional materials that include digital resources and OER. http://www.wssda.org/PolicyLegal/FeaturedPolicies.aspx

Guidance – Publishers

Washington does not have 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

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

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

Master Contract Digital Devices

Washington has state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase digital devices.

In Washington, the procurement of devices is primarily conducted at the local district level. Districts may choose to buy off of state master contracts.

Master Contract Instructional Materials

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

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

Washington does not post adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

Washington does not post instructional materials submitted for bid.

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Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

Washington does not have dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

Districts fund the purchase of digital instructional materials with general state funds and/or local initiatives.

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

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

Funding for Devices

Washington does not have dedicated funds for digital devices.

Each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices (hardware).

Funding for Special Purposes

Washington does not have a funding stream to purchase digital instructional materials for special purposes.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Washington 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

Washington 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

Washington develops open educational resources.

Washington does not recommend/endorse open educational resources.

The KNOW Curriculum is one of two HIV/STD curriculum options available to school districts in Washington state. The documents provide school districts with resources to assist in identifying and/or developing an effective HIV/STD prevention program for their students. Included in the OSPI-developed curriculum are HIV/AIDS prevention materials and considerations for teacher selection and training as well as parent and community involvement.

State Resource Repository

Washington has a state resource repository.

OER Commons Washington Hub

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

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

The state recommends a suite of instructional materials review instruments including EQuIP, IMET, and the Achieve OER Rubrics for use with ALL instructional materials, regardless of delivery platform.

Open Educational Resources

Washington has a vetting process for open educational resources.

Washington State’s OER vetting process is the same as the vetting process for Instructional Materials. As a part of a legislative mandate, OSPI conducted reviews of OER in high school mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). The review process made use of existing review instruments designed to gauge alignment with the CCSS and overall OER quality (Achieve EQuIP, Student Achievement Partners IMET). Though this review focused on OER, the actual review process and tools are not specific to OER. They are designed to be used with any instructional material under consideration by school districts. Though the review process is the same, the results from this review enable educators and content developers to tap into the most powerful feature of OER: the ability to freely adapt and redistribute materials.

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