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Burlingame SD |  AR  6161.1  Instruction

Selection And Evaluation Of Instructional Materials   

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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009) and ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs and provides that districts are deemed in compliance with the program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2012-13 fiscal years. As a result of this flexibility, the district may choose to temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or administrative regulation that reflect those requirements. However, this flexibility does not affect or alter any existing contract or bargaining agreement that the district may have in place. Thus, districts should examine the terms of these contracts and agreements and consult with district legal counsel for additional guidance. Also see BP 2210 - Administrative Discretion Regarding Board Policy.

Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program

The district shall use state funds received under the Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program to ensure that each student is provided with standards-aligned textbooks or instructional materials, in an electronic or hard-bound format, in the core curriculum areas of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and history-social science. (Education Code 60422, 60422.3)

Instructional materials for grades K-8 shall be selected from the list of standards-aligned materials adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE). Standards-aligned materials in each core curriculum area shall be provided to each student at the beginning of the first school term that commences no later than 24 months after those materials are adopted by the SBE or the Board of Trustees, as applicable. (Education Code 60422)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

Criteria for Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials

Instructional materials adopted by the Board shall:

1. For basic instructional materials in grades K-8, be selected from among the list of materials approved by the SBE in accordance with law (Education Code 60200)

(cf. 1431 - Waivers)

2. Not reflect adversely upon persons because of their race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, or occupation, or contain any sectarian or denominational doctrine or propaganda contrary to law (Education Code 60044)

3. To the satisfaction of the Board, be accurate, objective, current, and suited to the needs and comprehension of students at their respective grade levels (Education Code 60045)

4. With the exception of literature and trade books, use proper grammar and spelling (Education Code 60045)

5. Not provide any exposure to a commercial brand name, product, or corporate or company logo unless the Board makes a specific finding that the use is appropriate based on one of the following: (Education Code 60200, 60048)

a. The commercial brand name, product, or corporate or company logo is used in text for an educational purpose as defined in guidelines or frameworks adopted by the SBE.

b. The appearance of a commercial brand name, product, or corporate or company logo in an illustration is incidental to the general nature of the illustration.

6. Meet the requirements of Education Code 60040-60043 for specific subject content

7. The selection of instructional and library materials shall be done cooperatively by professional personnel serving on the selection committees of the schools and district.

The basic criteria for selection will be:

a. The needs of the district based on knowledge of the curriculum and requests from teachers and administrators.

b. The needs of individual students based on abilities and interests, the needs of children generally and requests of students and parents/guardians.

c. Provisions of a wide range of materials on all levels of difficulty and with a diversity of appeal.

d. Provisions of different points of view.

e. Provisions of materials of high artistic and literary quality. Videos and films shall be directly related to the curriculum.

f. Provisions of factual and reliable material.

g. Avoidance of discrimination as to sex, race, color, creed, national origin, age or physical or medical handicap as follows:

(1) Evidence on part of writers, artists and editors of a sensitivity to prejudice to stereotypes and to the use of material which would be offensive to women or to any minority group.

(2) Suggestion, by omission or commission, or by over-emphasis or understatement that any sexual, racial, religious or ethnic segment of our population is more or less worthy, more or less capable or more or less important in the mainstream of American life.

(3) Utilization of numerous opportunities for full, fair, accurate and balanced treatment of women and minority groups.

(4) Provision of abundant recognition for women and minority groups by frequently placing them in positions of leadership and centrality.

(5) Depiction of both male and female adult members of minority groups in situations which exhibits them as fine and worthy models to emulate.

(6) Presentation of many instances of fully integrated human groupings and settings to indicate equal status and non-segregated social relationships.

(7) Delineation of life in contemporary urban environments as well as in rural or suburban environments so that today's city children can also find significant identification for themselves, their problems and challenges and their potential for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

(8) Portrayal of sexual, racial, religious and ethnic groups in our society in such a way as to build positive images, mutual understanding and respect, full and unqualified acceptance and commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all.

(9) Presentation of social group differences in ways that will cause students to look upon the multi-cultural character of our nation as a value which we must esteem and treasure.

(10) Assistance to students to recognize clearly the basic similarities among all members of the human race, and the uniqueness of each individual.

(11) Teaching of the great lesson that we must accept each other on the basis of individual worth regardless of sex, race, religion, or socioeconomic background.

(12) Help in making students appreciate the many important contributions to our civilization made by members of the various human groups, emphasizing that every human group has its list of achievers, thinkers, writers, artists, scientists, builders and political leaders.

(13) Clarification of the true historical forces and conditions which have operated in the past to the disadvantage of women and minority groups.

(14) Clarification of the true contemporary forces and conditions which operate at present to the disadvantage of women and minority groups.

(15) Analysis of intergroup tension and conflict fairly, frankly, objectively and with emphasis on resolving our social problems in a spirit of fully implementing democratic values and goals in order to achieve the American dream for all Americans.

(16) Efforts in seeking to motivate students to examine their own attitudes and behaviors, and to comprehend their own duties and responsibilities as citizens in a pluralistic democracy-to demand freedom and justice and equal opportunity for every individual and for every group.

(17) Help to minority group (as well as majority group) students in identifying more fully with the educational process by providing textual content and illustrations which give students many opportunities for building a more positive self-image, pride in their group, knowledge consistent with their experience; in sum, learning material which offers students meaningful and relevant learning worthy of their best efforts and energies.

8. The librarian at each school shall select materials in consultation with the principal, department chairpersons and teachers.

It is the intent of the Board to adopt instructional material which:

a. Contains content supporting the philosophy, goals and objectives of the district.

b. Contain accurate and current information.

c. Present accurate information on controversial topics appropriate to the age level of the students.

d. Are written at the appropriate difficulty level for the students using them.

e. Provide continuous and sequential content for all grades in a given subject.

f. Are designed for practical use by students and teachers.

g. Are aligned with district standards.

There have been and will be conflicting ideas among educators concerning the appropriate content and methodology of instructional materials. Therefore, it is imperative that selection procedures represent a broad cross section of all segments of personnel with opportunities for input from the community. Members of selection committees must accept the responsibility of acting as representatives of their colleagues instead of acting individually. Likewise, all personnel must accept the final decision of the Board even though it may not be their personal choice. Therefore, it shall be district policy that all instructional materials selected by appropriate procedures be incorporated as a regular part of the curriculum in each classroom. This statement does not limit a teacher to exclusive use of adopted materials, however, when supplemental materials are used they should be in addition to the adopted materials.

9. Textbooks are not intended to necessarily become the sole "course of study" simply because they have been selected. Each teacher is required to use the state standards as the basis for preparing his/her program. Instructional materials of various types should be utilized as needed to implement a program of continuous individual learning for each student.

Piloting groups shall be formed by the Assistant Superintendent.

It is in the interest of the district to not only ensure that there is no conflict of interest, but also to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. Therefore, all individuals involved in the selection and/or purchase of instructional materials shall not accept benefits (such as paid conference registration or free meals) or gifts from one or more publisher, nor shall have or had any formal relationship with one or more publisher.

Procedures for conducting pilots of instructional materials shall include the following:

a. A pilot will be conducted only after a thorough evaluation of materials using a district-developed evaluation instrument.

b. A pilot will be conducted only if several programs receive a top evaluation and only if the pilot will provide information that cannot be obtained through the evaluation process.

c. Pilots will not be conducted for the sole purpose of obtaining free materials.

d. Similar components of competing programs will be compared.

The final recommendation will be submitted from each district grade level to the Assistant Superintendent for review from the piloting teachers.

All materials under consideration for adoption will be available for public review upon request.

All instructional materials funds received from the State will be used in accordance with Education Code and State guidelines.

10. Support the district's adopted courses of study and curricular goals

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

11. Contribute to a comprehensive, balanced curriculum

12. Demonstrate reliable quality of scholarship as evidenced by:

a. Accurate, up-to-date, and well-documented information

b. Objective presentation of diverse viewpoints

c. Clear, concise writing and appropriate vocabulary

d. Thorough treatment of subject

13. Provide for a wide range of materials at all levels of difficulty, with appeal to students of varied interests, abilities, and developmental levels

14. Include materials that stimulate discussion of contemporary issues and improve students' thinking and decision-making skills

15. Contribute to the proper articulation of instruction through grade levels

16. As appropriate, have corresponding versions available in languages other than English

17. Include high-quality teacher's guides

18. Meet high standards in terms of the quality, durability, and appearance of paper, binding, text, and graphics


approved: September 21, 2010 Burlingame, California