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Subchapter 1. Elementary Instructional Materials. Adoption of Curriculum Frameworks, Evaluation Criteria and Instructional Materials - Procedures. For State Board procedures relating to text books, see Div. 20. Appointment of Instructional Materials Reviewers and Content Review Experts.   

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(a) The SBE shall appoint Instructional Material Reviewers (IMRs) and Content Review Experts (CREs) to serve as advisors to the Curriculum Commission and SBE, in the review of instructional materials submitted for adoption. At least one CRE shall also be appointed to participate on each CFCC.

(b) The Commission shall make recommendations to the SBE on appointing IMRs and CREs according to the qualifications stated below. The SBE may also consider recommendations from CDE, SBE staff, members of the SBE and the public according to the qualifications stated below.

(c) A majority of IMRs, at the time of appointment, shall be teachers who teach students in kindergarten or grades 1-12 and have a ?professional? credential under (5 CCR 80001) state law, and meet the definition of ?highly qualified? (20 USC 7801(23)) under federal law, and who have experience with, and expertise in, standards-based-educational programs and practices in the content field under consideration. At least one such teacher shall have experience in providing instruction to English Learners, and at least one such teacher shall have experience in providing instruction to students with disabilities.

(d) Other IMRs may be administrators, parents, local school board members, teachers not described in the first sentence of subsection (c) above, and members of the public.

(e) When the instructional materials, or curriculum frameworks and evaluation criteria, considered for adoption are in a content field other than reading/language arts and visual/performing arts, the CREs shall hold a doctoral degree in that field or related field.

(f) When the instructional materials, or curriculum frameworks and evaluation criteria, considered for adoption are (1) in the content field of reading/language arts or visual/performing arts, the CREs shall have a masters degree or higher in that field and 5 or more years of experience with, and expertise in, standards-based educational programs and practices in that field, or (2) in the content field of reading/language arts, a doctoral degree and expertise in ?research on how reading skills are acquired? as defined in Education Code section 44757.5.

(g) The SBE shall appoint IMRs and CREs who are reflective of the various ethnic groups, types of school districts, and regions in California.

(h) IMRs and CREs shall receive training and information during publicly-noticed meetings from any of the following as recommended by the Commission and approved by the SBE:

(1) Current and former CDE staff, Commissioners, SBE members and CREs;

(2) Subject matter experts whose qualifications are consistent with those for CREs as set forth in this section.

(i) IMRs and CREs shall serve until the SBE acts to adopt or not adopt the submitted instructional materials. CREs who are appointed to serve on a CFCC shall serve until the CFCC makes its recommendations to the Commission and SBE.

(j) All IMRs and CREs operate under the guidance and at the pleasure of the SBE.

Authority cited:

Education Code 33031

Education Code 60005

Education Code 60200

Education Code 60206

Reference:

Education Code 33530

Education Code 60204

(New by Register 2012, No. 2.)