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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

West Virginia has a state digital learning plan.

West Virginia has an independent state level educational technology plan. The state revises the plan every 3 years.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

West Virginia has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Independent district level educational technology plans are required by the state as part of each LEAs comprehensive or school improvement plan, and the plans are revised annually. The state provides training support through face to face trainings, e-mail and website training, phone support and on-site assistance. The technology plans are used as part of the strategic plan to support learning and achievement through the use of technology. Plans are approved at the state level according to compliance of state/federal legislation/funding and E-rate regulations. For more information: http://wvde.state.wv.us/technology/techplan/index.php.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

West Virginia has digital learning standards for students.

In addition to these stand-alone standards, the subject and grade specific standards have technology standards embedded. Visit: http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/ and scroll down to the Content Standards and Objectives Policies section.

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Overview

The state has a review process for primary instructional materials, which can include primary digital instructional materials. The state does not require a review for supplemental instructional materials. Districts may review and use supplementary instructional resources, print or electronic, provided they do not displace the adopted instructional resources, nor the use of more advanced items in such schools as may be ready for the same. In West Virginia, in order to be considered a primary instructional material or resource to be used in the classroom, there must be an interactive digital component. The instructional material can be totally digital or a combination of digital and print. If the instructional material is only print, it is considered to be supplemental. The review process is set forth in state code and WVBE policy.

http://wvde.state.wv.us/materials/

 

Definitions

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

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

Accessible educational materials (AEM) are materials designed or converted to make them usable across the widest range of students.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Definition for Instructional Materials

West Virginia has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Instructional Resources include print materials, electronic resources and systems, or combinations of such instructional resources which convey information to the pupil.Instructional resources approved for adoption and listed on the state multiple list shall substantially cover the required content and skills for the subject as approved by the state board. The instructional resources shall be current and the information shall be presented accurately. The instructional resources may consist of a single resource, print or electronic, or a compilation of resources, print or electronic, that together cover the required criteria established for approval as a primary instructional resource. The resources may be updated or otherwise changed and improved on an ongoing basis to ensure that they are current and accurate.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

West Virginia does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

West Virginia has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

West Virginia Adoption Policy Code _18-2A-1.Definition; adoption groups; adoption schedule.(a) “Instructional Resources” include print materials, electronic resources and systems, or combinations of such instructional resources which convey information to the pupil.(b) Instructional resources approved for adoption and listed on the state multiple list shall substantially cover the required content and skills for the subject as approved by the state board. The instructional resources shall be current and the information shall be presented accurately. The instructional resources may consist of a single resource, print or electronic, or a compilation of resources, print or electronic, that together cover the required criteria established for approval as a primary instructional resource. The resources may be updated or otherwise changed and improved on an ongoing basis to ensure that they are current and accurate. For more information please click the link below.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

West Virginia has a statute requiring the implementation of digital instructional materials.

West Virginia has statutes requiring implementation of digital instructional materials. Primary Instructional Materials may include electronic and print materials; however, only print materials that include an interactive electronic option for adoption will be eligible for consideration as a primary instructional resource.

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

West Virginia has a statute allowing the implementation of digital instructional materials.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

Guidance Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

In addition to professional development the SEA provides guidance to LEAs by supporting an AEM coach, available via toll-free number and face to face to all LEAs in the state. The AEM AT Specialist goes directly into the classroom to work directly with teachers to support students on IEPs with print disabilities in the classroom.

Guidance Accessible Technologies

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

WV employs a AEM AT person whose responsibility is to provide direct technical assistance to districts, schools and teachers. This person’s primary responsibility is to guide in the acquition and use of AT related to AEM.

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

Counties develop this plan.

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

West Virginia has a process for the review of instructional materials.

The state has a review process for primary instructional materials, which can include primary digital instructional materials. The state does not require a review for supplemental instructional materials. Districts may review and use supplementary instructional resources, print or electronic, provided they do not displace the adopted instructional resources, nor the use of more advanced items in such schools as may be ready for the same. In West Virginia, in order to be considered a primary instructional material or resource to be used in the classroom, there must be an interactive digital component. The instructional material can be totally digital or a combination of digital and print. If the instructional material is only print, it is considered to be supplemental.
The review process is set forth in state code and WVBE policy.”

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Online content

Supplemental materials

OER

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

West Virginia has a process for the review of instructional materials outcomes.

Adopted

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

West Virginia posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

West Virginia requires districts to purchase state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

West Virginia requires districts to follow the state review process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

West Virginia 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

West Virginia 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

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

West Virginia uses WV Learns as a content management system. This is available to all schools and districts.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

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

West Virginia uses WV Learns as a content management system. This is available to all schools and districts.

State Resource Repository

West Virginia has a state resource repository.

West Virginia manages the West Virginia TREE, a website with Teacher Resources for Educational Excellence. The WV TREE is a one stop, grade specific site highlighting WV College- and Career-Readiness Standards and resources that are essential to the classroom teacher. The resources include grade specific lessons, professional learning, and guidance documents crafted to help enhance teaching practice and guide the classroom teacher in the art of teaching. The links will connect teachers with web pages essential to the profession as well as relevant policies that are critical to specific grade and/or content levels. The TREE is designed with the teacher’s busy schedule in mind, one stop, one focus, and tailored for the professional educator.

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OER

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

West Virginia has dedicated state funding.

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. According to WVC _18-9A-10, funds allocated to county boards under Step 7a of the Public School Support Program (PSSP) are to be used to improve instructional programs according to the county and school improvement plans required by WVC _18-2E-5 and approved by the State Board.

Instructional Materials

Digital Instructional materials

Devices

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Partner with non-profits

Leverage state purchasing contracts

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Overview

According to WV Code 18-2E-7, the West Virginia legislature recognizes the need for West Virginia students to develop proficiency in twenty-first century content, technology tools and learning skills to succeed and prosper in life, in school and on the job.

The 21st Century Tools for 21st Century Schools Technology Initiative (TFS) provides funding to purchase technology tools, including hardware, software, network cabling, network electronics and related professional development. In addition to the TFS allocations, districts may use Step 7b funds, local funds or grants to purchase technology tools and digital instructional resources. According to WV Code 18-9A-10, funds allocated to county boards under Step 7a of the Public School Support Program (PSSP) are to be used to improve instructional programs according to the county and school improvement plans required by WV Code 18-2E-5 and approved by the State Board.

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Guidance – Publishers

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

If the digital instructional material is to be the primary instructional source, the company must follow the guidelines for getting on the approved materials list. If the digital instructional material is to be a supplemental resource, they may work directly with the district and follow the LEA procedures.

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Interoperability

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

Language requiring publishers to send files to the NIMAC is included in all state approved publishing contracts.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

West Virginia does not have a request for proposals/request for information process.

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Pricing Negotiation

West Virginia negotiate prices with publishers, vendors during the RFP/RFI process, and districts may purchase the materials directly from the vendor.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

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

As pf June 30, 2018, West Virginia will no longer have RESAs.