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Escondido Union ESD |  BP  6161.1  Instruction

Procedure For Selection And Evaluation Of Instructional Materials   

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The Board of Education expects that the administration will develop guidelines, procedures, and criteria which will assure the board that materials, books, and equipment recommended to the board for adoption will meet the requirements of the legislature and the State Board of Education as well as those of the instructional staff. Textbooks and related instructional materials selected should meet the unique learning needs of individual students and support the effectiveness of the instructional program.

To ensure that instructional materials effectively support the district's adopted courses of study and meet current curricular goals, the selection of textbooks, technology-based materials, other educational materials, and tests shall be coordinated with the overall development and evaluation of the district's curriculum.

The teaching staff, through the Curriculum Advisory Council, grade-level meetings, and curriculum content expert subcommittees, will recommend improvements and changes in curriculum and materials to the superintendent's cabinet. Parents/guardians and community members will also be involved in the process of considering instructional materials for purchase and use in the district.

(cf. 3220.1 - Lottery Funds)

(cf. 6010 - Goals and Objectives)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6161 - Equipment, Books and Materials)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

The superintendent or designee shall establish a process by which instructional materials shall be reviewed for recommendation to the board. This process shall involve teachers in a substantial manner and shall also encourage the participation of parents/guardians and community members.

Individuals who participate in selecting and evaluating instructional materials shall have no financial interest in the materials being reviewed, recommended, or approved. Incompatible activities and conflicts of interest related to the selection and evaluation of instructional materials shall be clearly identified in administrative regulations.

(cf. 9270 - Conflict of Interest)

All recommended instructional materials shall be available for public inspection at the district office.

Complaints concerning instructional materials shall be handled in accordance with board policy and administrative regulation.

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

Legal Reference:


35272 Education and athletic materials

44805 Enforcement of course of studies; use of textbooks, rules and regulations

49415 Maximum textbook weight

51501 Subject matter reflecting on race, color, etc.

60000-60005 Instructional materials, legislative intent

60010 Definitions

60040-60048 Instructional requirements and materials

60060-60062 Requirements for publishers and manufacturers

60070-60076 Prohibited acts (re instructional materials)

60110-60111 Instructional materials on drug education

60119 Public hearing on sufficiency of materials

60200-60206 Elementary school materials

60226 Requirements for publishers and manufacturers

60240-60252 State Instructional Materials Fund

60350-60352 Core reading program instructional materials

60400-60411 High school textbooks

60420-60424 Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program

60451 Publishers' standards maps

60605 State content standards


9505-9550 Instructional materials, especially:

9531-9532 Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program

Management Resources:


1002.90 Selection of Instructional Materials, CIL: 90/91-02


Standards for Evaluation of Instructional Materials with Respect to Social Content, 1986 edition, revised 2001


01-05 Guidelines for Piloting Textbooks and Instructional Materials, September 2001


Maximizing School Board Leadership: Curriculum, 1996



Association of American Publishers:


adopted: October 23, 2003 Escondido, California