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Overview

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

Tennessee does not have a state digital learning plan.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Tennessee does not have 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 are revised annually.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Tennessee does not have digital learning standards for students.

State Personalized Learning Definition

Tennessee does not have a unique state definition for personalized learning.

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Overview

The State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission is responsible for recommending an official list of textbooks and instructional materials to the Tennessee State Board of Education (SBE) for approval based on the state’s approval process. Once the SBE has approved a list of textbooks and instructional materials, it is the responsibility of local boards of education to decide which textbooks and instructional materials to use in their districts. The department administers and coordinates the bidding, reviewing, listing, adoption and approval process for textbooks and instructional materials used by Tennessee schools. The department also implements the rules, policies and procedures established by the Tennessee Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission regarding textbooks and instructional materials. Electronic textbooks may be recommended, adopted and purchased in the same fashion as print textbooks.

Beginning in 2015, all future textbooks bid in Tennessee are available for review online. Information regarding how to access digital reviews for the upcoming textbook adoption cycle is available on the Textbook Online Samples webpage. With the availability of an online review, textbooks in printed form will only be available for review at Middle Tennessee State University.

Districts have the option to choose to use non-state approved instructional materials.

Definitions

Definition for Instructional Materials

Tennessee has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Tennessee Code 49-6-2202: As used in this part or elsewhere in this title, “textbook” or “textbooks” includes “electronic textbook” or “electronic textbooks,” which means computer software, interactive videodisc, magnetic media, CD-ROM, computer courseware, local and remote computer assisted instruction, online service, electronic medium or other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means. Electronic textbooks may be recommended, adopted and purchased in the same fashion as provided for textbooks in this part.

Includes

Digital

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Tennessee does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Definition for Accessible Educational Materials

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

State Statute

The Publisher agrees to prepare and submit to the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC), no later than June 30, 2015, electronic files for Publisher’s Textbooks that comply with NIMAC’s National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) format. Publisher also agrees to prepare and submit to NIMAC, within ninety (90) days of a request by any of the State of Tennessee’s NIMAC Authorized Users, NIMAS files for any textbooks created, developed, or owned by the Publisher since June 1, 2008.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

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

Federal Regulation

We use National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Tennessee has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

The state textbook adoption process is administered in accordance with the statutory requirements as set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 22 and the Rules and Policies of the State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission – See more at: http://tennessee.gov/education/topic/textbook-adoption-process#sthash.utQ0SOMT.dpuf

Materials Adoption Includes

Software

Digital Materials

Online Content

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

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

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.

Our state contract with publishers ensure that publishers are in compliance with the National Instructional Materials Access Center for all authorized users on their digital platforms and for printed textbooks.

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

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Tennessee has a process for the review of instructional materials.

In Tennessee, instructional materials are evaluated by a review panel of educators and non-educators throughout the state each year as assigned by subject specific cycles. Reviewers are extensively trained on department created and vetted screening instruments. Screening instruments are developed for each course and grade level being adopted in that given cycle. Reviewers are assigned textbook titles (either print and or digital are acceptable) to evaluate if the textbook meets the minimum requirements for that course. Reviewer evaluations determine if a textbook passes or fails our review process. Publishers have an opportunity to revise content to align to the indicators and standards set on the screening instrument and the review panel will review a second time. All titles that pass the review process are placed on the official textbook adoption list. Local districts are required to adopt textbooks that are listed on the state adoption list. Screening instruments include 4 major sections: instructional shifts, standards, high quality instruction, and additional components.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Approved

Adopted

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Tennessee posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Tennessee 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

Tennessee 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

Tennessee has 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

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

Our Learning Management System is designed for educators to use for professional development. It does not contain access publisher/instructional materials for state-wide use.

State Resource Repository

Tennessee has a state resource repository.

Middle Tenneessee State University holds all submitted textbook samples for public review.

Includes

Subscription based resources (via contract or partnership)

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Tennessee has dedicated state funding.

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

Instructional Materials

Digital Instructional materials

Devices

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Leverage state purchasing contracts

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Overview

Once the state has approved a list of textbooks and instructional materials, it is the responsibility of local boards of education to decide which textbooks and instructional materials to use in their districts. Requirements for the sale of instructional materials are established at the local level. Districts do have the option to choose to use non-state approved instructional materials.

More Information

Guidance – Publishers

Tennessee has 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. Publishers are provided a variety of training opportunities to understand the requirements of their products to successfully make the adoption list. Provided information to publishers includes, tool kits on content and process, preview of the screening instruments along with knowledge of the indicators developed by our content experts, webinars for questions on content or process for bidding, and detailed feedback from the reviewers to improve their products.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

The Publisher agrees to prepare and submit to the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC), no later than June 30, 2015, electronic files for Publisher’s Textbooks that comply with NIMAC’s National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) format. Publisher also agrees to prepare and submit to NIMAC, within ninety (90) days of a request by any of the State of Tennessee’s NIMAC Authorized Users, NIMAS files for any textbooks created, developed, or owned by the Publisher since June 1, 2008.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

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

State Master Contract - Contract with State

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

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

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

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Pricing Negotiation

Tennessee 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

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

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A website is being developed to provide educators with a variety of tools to understand what high quality instructional materials look like and evaluate if their resources are high quality. The department will convene district leadership teams 2-3 times a year through spring 2021. These convenings will be held regionally in each of the eight CORE regions. The sessions will be facilitated by the CORE offices in partnership with the division of teaching and learning, and external partners to support content development. Visit the Ready for Resources.

Selection of Digital Instructional Materials

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

Tennessee Department of Education works to:

  • set a high bar for quality during the adoption cycle
  • build understanding of the importance and urgency of high-quality materials to support student learning at the district, school, and teacher level
  • equip districts with the skills to review, adopt, and prepare to purchase high-quality materials
  • provide support and networking for districts to skillfully train and implement new materials.

Districts are asked to:

  • demand, adopt, and purchase high-quality materials that meet the state’s high bar for quality
  • implement and monitor long-term plans for on-going teacher training in the appropriate and skillful use of new materials in their own classrooms
  • engage with stakeholders, including EPPs, to support implementation and success.

The state is working to develop a website to support the districts.

Includes

Licensed digital

Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

Ready with Resources initiative will kick off with a focus on high quality instructional materials for English Language Arts and will follow with Math the following year. A website is being developed to provide educators with a variety of tools to understand what high quality instructional materials look like and evaluate if their resources are high quality. The department will convene district leadership teams 2-3 times a year, beginning with fall 2018 through spring 2021. These convenings will be held regionally in each of the eight CORE regions. The sessions will be facilitated by the CORE offices in partnership with the division of teaching and learning, and external partners to support content development.

Includes

Statewide professional learning for teachers via online courses

Statewide professional learning for teachers via webinars

Statewide professional learning for teachers via a online community

Statewide professional learning for teachers in-person

Statewide conference

Development of Professional Learning Programs

Tennessee develops its own professional learning programs.

Our state develops their own professional learning programs

Our state partners with consultants to develop professional learning program

Development of OER

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

Share OER

Tennessee 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

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Technical Assistance - Accessible Technologies

No, our state does not provide technical assistance to support the use of accessible technologies.