The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S. Department of Education has charged the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM Center) with developing and reporting national snapshots of the current status of state systems to ensure the timely provision of accessible instructional materials (AIM) to students with disabilities who require such materials (34 C.F.R. § 300.172(b)). To inform these snapshots, the AIM Center developed a survey aligned to the seven areas of the Critical Components of Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Instructional Materials (see Appendix A of the full report) as well as collaboration across all areas. The first administration of the survey took place in 2010, the second administration in 2012, and the final administration in 2014. A total of 52 respondents completed the 2014 survey, including designees from each of 49 states and designees from three additional educational entities.
In mid-2012, the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM Center) conducted a follow-up survey aligned to the Critical Components of Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Instructional Materials to determine the current status of systems that support the implementation of the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard and Accessible Instructional Materials (NIMAS/AIM) requirement in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). A total of 51 responses were received. The 51 respondents included one designee from each of the 50 states and one designee from another educational entity, all of whom are referred to as "states" or "respondents" in the report. The results of the 2012 survey were analyzed by comparing to data gathered by the 2010 survey. Data were further analyzed by comparing two subgroups within the 2012 data set. The results of the analyses were used to develop the States of State Systems for the Provision of NIMAS/AIM in 2012 report. The 2012 report includes reported quantitative and qualitative data on the evolution of state systems between 2010 and 2012, identifies three major areas of progress and three areas in need of priority attention and, finally, includes actionable recommendations to SEAs, LEAs, the AIM Center, and OSEP.
In the summer of 2010, the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM Center) conducted a survey aligned to the Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Instructional Materials to determine the current status of systems that support the implementation of the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard and Accessible Instructional Materials (NIMAS/AIM) requirement in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). A total of 54 responses were received. The fifty-four respondents included one designee from each of the 50 states and one designee from each of two outlying areas (OA) and two freely associated states (FAS), all of which will be referred to as “states” or “respondents” in the report. The results of this survey will serve as a baseline for a matching, follow-up survey to be conducted in late 2012 to provide comparative evidence in the evolution of state systems corresponding to the first two years of work by the AIM Center.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) requires state and local education agencies to ensure the provision of accessible instructional materials (AIM) in a timely manner to students with print disabilities who require them. This quality indicators document describes the critical attributes of a comprehensive set of mechanisms, supports, guidelines, policies, practices, etc. that are aligned across agencies to address this requirement. These indicators can help with analysis of current status and support planning for growth at all organizational levels.
Critical Components of Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
The purpose of the quality indicators and critical components is to assist state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) with planning, implementing, and evaluating dynamic, coordinated systems for the timely provision of AIM. Given the variability of policies and practices across SEAs and LEAs, the quality indicators and critical elements are designed to provide states with consistent goals and to promote in-state discussion around multiple state-focused and locally-focused ways to achieve those goals.
State Director of Special Education Suggested Responsibilities Regarding NIMAS & NIMAC
This SEA SPED Responsibilities document provides a list of SEA-level actions, with both required and suggested activities and a recommended timeline for implementation. Two versions of Word format copies are also available for download.
This report provides updated information about NIMAS-related developments that may impact choices made within states and local education agencies. These developments should be of interest to anyone responsible for implementing IDEA 2004 and the regulations pertaining to the statute. The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U. S. Department of Education, now provides support for maintaining and improving the NIMAS specification; technical assistance to states, publishers, and conversion houses; a consortium of states working together to implement NIMAS requirements; a national accessible materials production and distribution service at Bookshare specific to meeting the needs of qualified students; and ongoing support for Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). It is important to understand what options are available and how best to use available resources.
State Textbook Adoption Policies
State Textbook Adoption
In January of 2005, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) compiled a comprehensive overview of state and territory policies regarding textbook adoption. This includes information about whether each state or territory has state-level textbook adoption or local education agency-level adoption, and whether that state or territory has a free textbooks provision.
Recent State Policies/Activities
This ECS web site lists recent (since 2000) state policies and activities regarding textbooks.
State Textbook Adoption
Instructional Materials Adoption
From the Association of American Publishers’ School Division, their instructional materials adoption page gives an overview of state and local adoptions and provides resources.
NASTA 2008 Summer Reports
The National Association of Textbook Administrators provides textbook adoption information, by state, on its reports pages.
National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA)
NASTA provides information regarding state textbook adoption, presentations, and conferences for and about textbook administration.