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Digital Learning Tab: This current tab provides information and links related to digital learning plans and standards, the adoption of computer science standards and state definitions for personalized learning. Visit the Instructional Materials, Procurement and Professional Learning Tabs for more information on this state.

DIGITAL LEARNING PLANS & STANDARDS

State Digital Learning Plan

Kentucky has a state digital learning plan.

Kentucky has an independent state-level educational technology plan. The state revises the plan every 6 years and by Kentucky Law is named the Kentucky Education Technology System (KETS) Master Plan.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Kentucky has requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Independent district level educational technology plans are required by Kentucky and are revised (and reviewed) annually. The state provides support through online webinars, face to face trainings, e-mail and website support. The district technology plans are required for state funding. The technology plans are used to ensure alignment and incorporation into overall education planning.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Kentucky has digital learning standards for students.

Kentucky has adopted the ISTE NETS Standards or other tech standards.

State Personalized Learning Definition

Kentucky has a unique state definition for personalized learning.

Personalized learning means getting the right student the right learning experiences and the right content, at just the right time. Personalized learning is a student-centered, customized learning model that addresses the diversity of a student’s background and needs and sets high expectations for all students. This may entail a formalized plan and process that requires students to set learning goals based on personal, academic, and career interests with the close support of adult mentors that include teachers, parents, and other members of the community.

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Overview

Kentucky is a textbook adoption state. Basal textbooks (print or digital) follow state guidelines of review and notification as established by KRS 156.395-476 and 704 KAR 3:445. The State Textbook Commission members (teachers, administrators, and parents/lay persons) manage the review and selection process which includes use of subject specific evaluation instruments to ensure alignment to current standards. Kentucky does have a policy that directly refers to digital instructional materials, however the Kentucky textbook adoption statutes and regulations address the guidelines and requirements for digital content that includes the option to implement digital instructional materials, via an off-list evaluation process. Teachers in school districts review materials and make purchasing decisions at the local level. Districts have the flexibility in what they adopt/purchase.

Definitions

Definition for Instructional Materials

Kentucky has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Unless the context requires otherwise, “instructional materials” or “supplemental materials” means tools used to assist in student learning, as defined in administrative regulations promulgated by the Kentucky Board of Education.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Kentucky does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Definition for Accessible Educational Materials

Kentucky has a definition for accessible educational materials. The definition is based on

State Statute

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Kentucky has a definition for accessible technologies. The definition is based on

AEM Definition

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Kentucky has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

Kentucky instructional resource adoption regulations require that administrative regulations be promulgated to: define instructional resources; identify instructional resources eligible for purchase with state instructional resource funds; identify instructional resources which are subject to review before being recommended for use; establish a procedure for the review of instructional resources and a process for adding an instructional resource to the recommended list; establish a method for calculating and distributing a school district’s instructional resource allocation; and design a planning instrument for each school to use in documenting its instructional resource needs during each adoption period. This administrative regulation establishes the standards and procedures which are necessary to carry out the statutory requirements dealing with instructional resources.

Materials Adoption Includes

Software

Digital Materials

Online Content

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

The Non-Traditional Instruction Program (NTI) is a program that encourages the continuation of academic instruction on days when school would otherwise be canceled. School districts create plans to deliver instruction to every student in the district and provide for student and teacher interaction on NTI days, with the ultimate goal of reducing potential learning loss. The Commissioner of Education can waive up to 10 NTI days to count towards student attendance days in the school districts’ calendars.

Guidance Selection Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

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

Providing access to the curriculum is what special education is all about.

Guidance Selection Accessible Technologies

No, our state does not provide information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

Guidance Inclement Weather

Kentucky provides guidance to districts for possible solutions to scheduling issues posed by inclement weather.

The Non-Traditional Instruction Program (NTI) is a program that encourages the continuation of academic instruction on days when school would otherwise be canceled. School districts create plans to deliver instruction to every student in the district and provide for student and teacher interaction on NTI days, with the ultimate goal of reducing potential learning loss. The Commissioner of Education can waive up to 10 NTI days to count towards student attendance days in the school districts’ calendars.

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Kentucky has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Kentucky does have a policy that directly refers to digital instructional materials, however the Kentucky textbook adoption statutes and regulations address the guidelines and requirements for digital content that includes the option to implement digital instructional materials, via an off-list evaluation process. If used as a basal resource, basal textbooks (print or digital) follow state guidelines of review and notification as established in KRS 156.395-476 and 704 KAR 3:455. These guidelines do not apply to supplemental resources.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Online content

Software

OER

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Other

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Kentucky posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Kentucky 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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Regional Support - Posting Reviewed Instructional Materials

Kentucky does not have an ESA or other regional organization that posts reviewed instructional materials.

Resource Repositories

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

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

The Kentucky Student Information System (KSIS) provides data for policymaking, budgetary planning, and educational program management and improvement. The KSIS enterprise system supports the state’s 173 local school districts and schools and provides a secure and seamless integration for collecting data needed by the local school districts, the state and the federal government.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Kentucky 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

Kentucky does not have a state resource repository.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Kentucky has dedicated state funding.

State funds are available for digital instructional materials via state coordinated competitive grants that include the option to purchase 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

Kentucky is a textbook adoption state. Basal textbooks (print or digital) follow state guidelines (http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/704/003/455.htm) of review and notification as established by KRS 156.395-476 and 704 KAR 3:445. The State Textbook Commission members (teachers, administrators, and parents/lay persons) manage the review and selection process which includes use of subject specific evaluation instruments to ensure alignment to current standards. Teachers in school districts review materials and make purchasing decisions at the local level. Districts have the flexibility in what they adopt/purchase. Kentucky provides standards, purchasing contracts, and guidance on the types of devices for accessing digital content. While state funds have been reduced due to the economic climate, Kentucky has funds available to support the purchase of digital instructional materials. Funds, traditionally earmarked for textbooks, were recently recommended to purchase digital content and devices (in order to access digital content). In 2011, it was ruled that textbook monies could be applied to instructional devices (wireless reading devices contingent upon usage of the devices as instructional resources and text readers, not as computers). The funds are flexible in that allotted dollars can be used for textbooks or supplemental materials or funds can be transferred to a general fund to allow flexibility from regulations tied specifically to textbooks. Local education agencies (LEAs) can carryover funds from year to year. LEAs can apply funds to support adoptions in other subject areas than those in the current adoption cycle, including the purchase of wireless reading devices for students to access instructional content.

More Information

Guidance – Publishers

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

Businesses must follow the guidelines established by the State Textbook Commission.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Kentucky 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

Kentucky does not have a request for proposals/request for information process.

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

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Devices

State Pricing Negotiation

Kentucky 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

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

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In pursuit of our core educational values – equity, achievement, integrity – the Kentucky Department of Education promotes a coherent and comprehensive professional learning system that advances educator effectiveness and student success. “Research shows that no in-school factors matter more than teaching and leadership, and educators, like students, need continual opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills to enable all students to reach [transition] readiness.” (Learning Forward & Education Counsel. (2017). A new vision for professional learning.). Specific details on professional learning related to the creation, selection, and implementation of quality digital instructional hmaterials are currently being developed. Learn more.

Selection of Digital Instructional Materials

Kentucky provides professional learning opportunities to support teachers in the selection of quality digital instructional materials (licensed and/or OER) to use in the classroom.

Kentucky Department of Education is currently piloting an OER strategy with regional partners.

Includes

Digital OER

Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Kentucky does not provide professional learning opportunities to support teachers in the selection of quality digital instructional materials (licensed and/or OER) to use in the classroom.

Development of Professional Learning Programs

Kentucky does not develop professional learning programs.

Development of OER

Kentucky does not provide professional learning opportunities to support the development of digital OER.

Share OER

Kentucky does not provide professional learning opportunities for teachers to share of digital OER

Professional Learning - Accessibility

No, our state does not provide professional learning to support the implementation of accessible educational materials.

Technical Assistance - Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

Yes, our state provide technical assistance to support the implementation of accessible instructional/educational materials

The mission of the KAMD includes: To serve as a state repository for accessible materials; To disseminate accessible materials to authorized users; To develop and implement effective tracking systems to maximize copyright protection; To provide training and technical assistance to member agency staff on accessible technology tools and use of accessible content; To prepare and provide NIMAS files to student-ready format; To assist with awareness efforts and development of materials to increase consumer understanding and use of accessible digital materials

Technical Assistance - Accessible Technologies

Yes, our state provide technical assistance to support the use of accessible technologies.