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Instructional Materials; Commission duties   

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The Instructional Quality Commission established pursuant to Section 33530 shall do all of the following:

(a) Recommend curriculum frameworks to the state board.

(b) Develop criteria for evaluating instructional materials submitted for adoption so that the materials adopted shall adequately cover the subjects in the indicated grade or grades and comply with the provisions of Article 3 (commencing with Section 60040) of Chapter 1. The criteria developed by the commission shall be consistent with the duties of the state board pursuant to Section 60200. The criteria shall be public information and shall be provided in written or printed form to any person requesting that information.

(1) The criteria for English language arts instructional materials shall include directions to publishers to align both lessons and teacher's editions, as appropriate, with English language development standards and incorporate strategies to address, at every grade level, the needs of all English learners. The criteria for other subject areas shall include directions to publishers to incorporate strategies for English learners that are consistent with the English language development standards.

(2) The criteria also shall include directions to publishers to incorporate instructional strategies to address the needs of pupils with disabilities in both lessons and teacher's editions, as appropriate, at every grade level and subject.

(c) Study and evaluate instructional materials submitted for adoption.

(d) Recommend instructional materials for adoption to the state board.

(e) Recommend to the state board policies and activities to assist the department and school districts in the use of the curriculum framework and other available model curriculum materials for the purpose of guiding and strengthening the quality of instruction in the public schools.

(f) Advise and make recommendations to the state board, including, but not limited to, what policies and activities are needed to implement the state's academic content standards, and bring the state' s curriculum frameworks, instructional materials, professional development programs, pupil assessments, and academic accountability systems into alignment with those standards.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 608, Sec. 7.)