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Petaluma City Schools |  BP  6161.1  Instruction

Selection And Evaluation Of Instructional Materials   

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The Governing Board desires that district instructional materials, as a whole, present a broad spectrum of knowledge and viewpoints, reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of our society, and enhance the use of multiple teaching strategies and technologies. The Board's adoption of instructional materials shall be based on a determination that such materials meet criteria specified in law and are an effective learning resource to help students achieve grade-level competency.

(cf. 6000 - Concepts and Roles)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

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

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 6010 - Goals and Objectives)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6161 - Equipment, Books and Materials)

(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6162.7 - Use of Technology in Instruction)

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

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.

The district may pilot instructional materials, using a representative sample of classrooms for a specified period of time during a school year, in order to determine how well the materials support the district's curricular goals and academic standards. Feedback from teachers piloting the materials shall be made available to the Board before the materials are adopted.

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

Individuals who participate in selecting and evaluating instructional materials shall have no financial interest in the materials being reviewed.

(cf. 3315 - Relations with Vendors)

(cf. 9270 - Conflict of Interest)

Complaints concerning instructional materials shall be handled in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation.

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 1312.4 - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures)

In accordance with the Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program, the Board's priority in the selection of instructional materials is to ensure that all students in grades K-12 are provided with instructional materials that are aligned to state content standards in the core curriculum areas of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and history/social science.

When the Board determines that standards-aligned textbooks and instructional materials have been provided to all students in accordance with Education Code 60422, it shall so certify. A copy of the certification shall be kept on file in the district.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the district satisfies the criteria necessary to access funds under the state's Pupil Textbook and Instructional Materials Incentive Account pursuant to Education Code 60252.

Public Hearing on Sufficiency of Instructional Materials

The Board shall annually conduct one or more public hearings on the sufficiency of the district's instructional materials. At these hearings, the Board shall determine, through a resolution, whether each student in each school has sufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials in each of the following subjects that are consistent with the content and cycles of the state curriculum frameworks: (Education Code 60119)

1. Mathematics

2. Science

3. History-social science

4. English/language arts, including the English language development component of an adopted program

The Board shall also make a written determination as to whether each student enrolled in a foreign language or health course has sufficient textbooks or instructional materials that are consistent with the content and cycles of the state curriculum frameworks. The Board shall determine the availability of science laboratory equipment for grades 9-12. (Education Code 60119)

The hearing shall take place on or before the end of the eighth week from the first day students attend school for that year. For districts with schools on a multitrack year-round calendar, the hearing shall be held on or before the end of the eighth week from the first day of the school year on any track that begins a school year in August or September. (Education Code 60119)

The Board encourages participation by parents/guardians, teachers, interested community members, and bargaining unit leaders at the hearing. The Superintendent or designee shall post, 10 days prior to the hearing and in three public places within the district, a notice containing the time, place, and purpose of the hearing. The hearing shall not take place during or immediately following school hours. (Education Code 60119)

If the Board determines that there are insufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials, the Board shall provide information to classroom teachers and to the public, setting forth for each school, the reasons that each student does not have sufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials. The Board shall take any action, except an action that would require reimbursement by the Commission of State Mandates, to ensure that that each student has sufficient materials within two months of the beginning of the school year in which the determination is made. (Education Code 60119)

Legal Reference:


1240 County superintendent, general duties

33126 School accountability report card

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

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


Textbook Weight in California, May 2004

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


Maximizing School Board Leadership: Curriculum, 1996



Association of American Publishers:

California Department of Education:

State Board of Education: http//


adopted: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California

amended: March 8, 2005