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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

Texas has a state digital learning plan.

The digital learning plan has been incorporated into the State Board of Education’s Long-Range Plan for Public Education.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Texas does not have requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Districts may submit technology plans within the ePlan system. The state provides support through TEA face-to-face and video conference meetings, training sessions provided by regional education service centers, and reports and correspondence to schools via e-mail and website support.The technology plan information is collected electronically and can be used in a variety of ways.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Texas does not have digital learning standards for students.

State Personalized Learning Definition

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

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Overview

The State Board of Education (SBOE) issues a call for new instructional materials for specific subjects and courses when the state standards for that subject or course are revised. The commissioner of education appoints the state review panel members from nominations submitted by educational organizations across the state, educators, academic experts, parents, or SBOE members. The state review panels review the materials to determine the extent to which the standards are covered and to identify factual errors. Links are posted on the agency website to all materials submitted for consideration during the public review period. Any resident of Texas may submit written comments or report alleged factual errors to the commissioner. The commissioner provides reports to the SBOE outlining the state review panels’ findings and listing any reported errors and provides copies of all public comment received. The SBOE also holds a public hearing allowing citizens the opportunity to provide oral testimony about instructional materials submitted for adoption. The SBOE determines by majority vote whether materials are adopted.

Definitions

Definition for Instructional Materials

Texas has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Instructional material means content that conveys the essential knowledge and skills of a subject in the public school curriculum through a medium or a combination of media for conveying information to a student. The term includes a book, supplementary materials, a combination of a book, workbook, and supplementary materials, computer software, magnetic media, DVD, CD-ROM, computer courseware, on-line services, or an electronic medium, or other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means, including open education resource instructional material.

Includes

Digital

OER

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Texas has a definition for open educational resources.

Open education resource instructional material means teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that allows for free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others, including full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

Definition for Accessible Educational Materials

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

Federal Definition

Accessible educational materials, or AEM, are print- and technology-based educational materials, including printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials that are designed or enhanced in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of learner variability, regardless of format (e.g. print, digital, graphic, audio, video).

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Texas does not have a definition for accessible technologies.

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Texas has a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

The Texas review and adoption process determines the instructional materials eligible for adoption by the SBOE. The process starts when the SBOE calls for new instructional materials and is complete with the selection and implementation of new materials by school districts. The SBOE issues a proclamation, which identifies the subject areas or courses being called for and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements. It also includes student enrollment information, a detailed schedule of adoption procedures, and instructions for providing electronic files for the production of braille, audio, and large-print materials. Proclamations are named for the year in which the materials are intended to be made available in the classroom. The public has the opportunity to report errors discovered in adopted instructional materials. In addition, TEA conducts an audit of all newly adopted instructional materials to confirm that verified errors have been corrected.

Materials Adoption Includes

Software

Digital Materials

Online Content

Supplemental Materials

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

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

Allowed by definition: Instructional material means content that conveys the essential knowledge and skills of a subject in the public school curriculum through a medium or a combination of media for conveying information to a student. The term includes a book, supplementary materials, a combination of a book, workbook, and supplementary materials, computer software, magnetic media, DVD, CD-ROM, computer courseware, on-line services, or an electronic medium, or other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means, including open education resource instructional material.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

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

Guidance Outside of School

Texas 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.

A publisher who offers electronic instructional materials must provide a report for each electronic component that verifies that the components follow Web Content Accessibility (WCAG) 2.0 AA standards and technical standards required by the Federal Rehabilitation Act, Section 508. The report must be prepared by an independent third party and be based on an audit testing the accessibility of a random sampling of pages as outlined in each proclamation. The number of pages to be audited to meet the requirements in the proclamation shall be determined by the publisher.

Guidance Selection Accessible Technologies

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

The Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) is working to ensure that students with disabilities receive assistive technology devices and services when needed to benefit from a free, appropriate public education. The TATN consists of representatives from each of the Texas education services centers, and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, TX provides statewide leadership for the network. Through a comprehensive planning process, the TATN has developed a framework for statewide collaboration.

Guidance Inclement Weather

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

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Texas has a process for the review of instructional materials.

The Texas review and adoption process determines the instructional materials eligible for adoption by the SBOE. The process starts when the SBOE calls for new instructional materials and is complete with the selection and implementation of new materials by school districts. The SBOE issues a proclamation, which identifies the subject areas or courses being called for and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills requirements. It also includes student enrollment information, a detailed schedule of adoption procedures, and instructions for providing electronic files for the production of braille, audio, and large-print materials. Proclamations are named for the year in which the materials are intended to be made available in the classroom. The public has the opportunity to report errors discovered in adopted instructional materials. In addition, TEA conducts an audit of all newly adopted instructional materials to confirm that verified errors have been corrected.

Materials Includes

Digital instructional materials

Online content

Software

Supplemental materials

OER

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

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

Adopted

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Texas posts state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

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

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

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

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Texas does not have an Education Service Agency (ESA) or other regional organization that has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Includes

Regional Support - Posting Reviewed Instructional Materials

Texas has an ESA or other regional organization that posts reviewed instructional materials.

Resource Repositories

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

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

The Texas Gateway is a public, open interface accessible by all Texas teachers, parents, and students. The Texas Gateway contains online resources for the classroom that are aligned to the state standards and designed for general instruction, intervention, acceleration, and additional practice. It also contains professional development resources for teachers.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Texas 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

Texas has a state resource repository.

Texas hosts the Texas Gateway, an interactive learning environment for all Texas public and open enrollment charter schools.

Includes

OER

Free resources with copyright restrictions

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Texas has dedicated state funding.

A technology and instructional materials allotment for the purchase of instructional materials, technological equipment, and technology-related services was created by the 82nd Texas Legislature in 2011. Each district and open-enrollment charter school is entitled to an allotment, which it uses for local procurement of instructional materials. The allotments are funded from the instructional materials fund, an amount set aside biennially from the payout of the permanent school fund. The payout rate is determined by the State Board of Education (SBOE); the amount of the instructional materials fund is determined through legislative appropriation, and the amount of the allotments is determined by the commissioner based on the legislative appropriation. Districts and open-enrollment charter schools have access to their allotment through EMAT, the instructional materials ordering system. Eligible expenditures include instructional materials, both print and digital, and other kinds of educational technology.

Instructional Materials

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

Collaborate with other districts

Partner with non-profits

Leverage state purchasing contracts

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Overview

A technology and instructional materials allotment for the purchase of instructional materials, technological equipment, and technology-related services was created by the 82nd Texas Legislature in 2011. Each district and open-enrollment charter school is entitled to an allotment, which it uses for local procurement of instructional materials. The allotments are funded from the instructional materials fund, an amount set aside biennially from the payout of the permanent school fund. The payout rate is determined by the State Board of Education (SBOE); the amount of the instructional materials fund is determined through legislative appropriation, and the amount of the allotments is determined by the commissioner based on the legislative appropriation. Districts and open-enrollment charter schools have access to their allotment through EMAT, the instructional materials ordering system. Eligible expenditures include instructional materials, both print and digital, and other kinds of educational technology.

More Information

Guidance – Publishers

Texas does not have procurement guidelines for companies interested in selling instructional materials in the state.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

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

A publisher who offers electronic instructional materials must provide a report for each electronic component that verifies that the components follow Web Content Accessibility (WCAG) 2.0 AA standards and technical standards required by the Federal Rehabilitation Act, Section 508. The report must be prepared by an independent third party and be based on an audit testing the accessibility of a random sampling of pages as outlined in each proclamation. The number of pages to be audited to meet the requirements in the proclamation shall be determined by the publisher.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

Texas has a request for proposals/request for information process.

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Master Contract - Contract with State

Texas 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

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

Includes

Instructional Materials

State Pricing Negotiation

Texas 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

Texas manages regional groups that participate in regional purchasing consortia for instructional materials.

Varies across state

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Overview

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

Selection of Digital Instructional Materials

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

Includes

Licensed digital

Digital OER

Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Texas 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

Texas does not develop professional learning programs.

Development of OER

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

Share OER

Texas 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

No, our state does not provide technical assistance to support the implementation of accessible instructional/educational materials

Technical Assistance - Accessible Technologies

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

Priorities in professional development and technical assistance focus on providing training, products and services that build district capacity in assistive technology knowledge and skills, promote strategies for building the literacy skills of all students, and are aligned with statewide literacy initiatives.