Red Bluff Union Elementary School District
The New Face of Public Education in California - Issue #9
Textbooks – the long road to adoption
Textbooks – seemingly a resource that we consider to be a basic tool for instruction, but perhaps textbooks are not as simple as one would think. In our state, several sections of the CA Education Code speak to the detailed process of textbook development and adoption.
This long road begins with the development of curriculum frameworks. The CA State Board of Education approves curriculum framework documents for each core content area (Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, History-Social Science and Science). These framework documents are written based upon national research and research-validated instructional practice in each content area. Paired with the State Board adopted content standards, curriculum frameworks provide descriptions of what K-12 students should know and be able to do. As such, frameworks provide direction to both textbook publishers as they write new textbooks and to California educators as we plan for instruction and professional development. The Instructional Quality Commission is responsible for the oversight of frameworks development and the evaluation criteria for textbook adoption. The IQC makes recommendations for textbook adoption to the State Board of Education. Both the IQC and the State Board of Education recruit educators to review instructional materials submitted by publishers for adoption. There is also opportunity provided for public input.
Once the State Board adopts textbooks, districts across California may review these approved materials for local school board adoption. This process applies to grades Kindergarten through 8. There are no state adoptions for instructional materials in grades 9 through 12. Commonly this adoption process occurs according to Ed Code “not less than two times every six years.” However, in 2009, the Legislature passed legislation to delay all curriculum frameworks development and instructional materials adoptions until the 2015-16 school year. At this time, there is not yet a schedule established in California law for the cycle of future textbook adoptions.
However, in 2012, the CA legislature enacted AB 1246 which authorized the State Board of Education to adopt new Common Core State Standards aligned K-8 textbooks for mathematics by March of 2014. This State Board adoption recently occurred and there are now CCSS aligned math materials that districts may adopt locally.
In Red Bluff Elementary, textbooks are adopted in alignment with the state adoption cycle through a district wide committee process. Teachers representing all schools and grade levels meet regularly to review instructional programs using an analysis toolkit. This process involves student achievement data analysis, teacher feedback and various identified indicators of need (i.e., available resources, assessment options, quality of presentation, durability, etc.). Programs receiving high marks are piloted in classrooms with the pilot teachers sharing their experiences using the materials with the committee. At the end of the process, the committee makes a recommendation for adoption to the Superintendent who in turn makes a recommendation for adoption to our Governing Board.
After each adoption, every California district must regularly verify sufficiency of textbooks for all students. This is done quarterly in local board meetings with Williams Complaints Report hearings and annually as reported in the School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs).
RBUESD Governing Board Meeting-March 11, 2014
ALL 6th graders will need to get their Tdap for the 14-15 school year.
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