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Ukiah USD |  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), ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), and SB 70 (Ch. 7, Statutes of 2011), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Ukiah Unified School District has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2014-15 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program

The district shall use state funds received under the Instructional Materials Funding Realignment Program to provide each student 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, 60422.1)

(cf. 6142.91 - English/Language Arts Instruction)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

(cf. 6142.93 - Science Instruction)

(cf. 6142.94 - History-Social Science Instruction)

Instructional materials for grades K-8 shall be selected from the list of standards-aligned materials adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE). Instructional materials for grades 9-12 shall be adopted by the Board of Education. 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, as applicable. (Education Code 60049, 60422)

(cf. 1431 - Waivers)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

For grades 9-12, the Superintendent or designee shall review instructional materials in history-social science, mathematics, English/language arts, and science using a standards map in order to determine the extent to which the materials are aligned to the content standards adopted by the SBE.

After the Board has certified that all students have been provided with standards-aligned instructional materials in the core curriculum areas, the district may use any remaining program funds for the purposes specified in Education Code 60242. (Education Code 60119, 60422)

Criteria for Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials

Instructional materials adopted by the Board shall:

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

2. For grades 9-12, be provided by publishers who comply with the requirements of Education Code 60040-60048, 60060-60062, and 60226 (Education Code 60400)

3. Not reflect adversely upon persons because of their race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, occupation, or other characteristic listed in Education Code 220, nor contain any sectarian or denominational doctrine or propaganda contrary to law (Education Code 51501, 60044)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

4. 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)

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

6. Not expose students 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 60048, 60200)

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.

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)

7. If the materials are technology-based materials, be both available and comparable to other, equivalent instructional materials (Education Code 60052)

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

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

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

10. Contribute to a comprehensive, balanced curriculum

11. 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 matter

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

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

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

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

16. Include high-quality teacher's guides

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

18. When available from the publishers, include options for lighter weight materials in order to help minimize any injury to students by the combined weight of instructional materials

Instructional Materials Evaluation Committee

The Superintendent or designee may establish an instructional materials evaluation committee to evaluate and recommend instructional materials for Board approval. This committee shall substantially be composed of teachers and may also include administrators,

other staff who have subject-matter expertise, parents/guardians, community members, and students as appropriate.

1. Each school will select a representative from their school who will represent the staff's point of view and serve on the materials adoption committee;

2. The committee will meet with an Educational Services team member to outline the procedures for materials review and adoption;

3. Committee members will solicit teacher input with meetings or surveys so that teacher concerns and ideas can be brought to the whole group. The committee will share the information and will set parameters and timelines for review and adoption;

4. There will be opportunities for teachers and other interested staff members to review materials available. The committee will select materials to be considered for adoption based on teacher input. Selected materials will be on display for teachers and school employees and will be rotated to schools, if possible;

5. The committee will design a pilot(s) when the committee feels that it is necessary. Pilot takes place with parameters specified by the committee;

6. Meetings are held at each site, run by committee members to get final ratings from individual teachers, based on the adoption criteria. Using the teacher feedback and the knowledge gained from the process, the committee will make a recommendation for adoption;

7. A recommendation from the committee, defining basic instructional materials, will go to the district Curriculum Committee. The committee will notice the Board when it puts materials on public display for 30 days. The Board will adopt or reject proposed materials. After Board approval, the committee will facilitate the purchase of materials.

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

The committee shall review instructional materials using criteria provided above and in law, and shall provide the Board with documentation supporting its recommendations.

Conflict of Interest

To ensure integrity and impartiality in the evaluation and selection of instructional materials, any district employee who is participating in the evaluation of instructional materials and not otherwise designated in the district's conflict of interest code shall sign a disclosure statement indicating that he/she:

1. Shall not accept any emolument, money, or other valuable thing or inducement to directly or indirectly introduce, recommend, vote for, or otherwise influence the adoption or purchase of any instructional material (Education Code 60072)

Sample copies of instructional materials are excepted from this prohibition. (Education Code 60075)

(cf. 9270 - Conflict of Interest)

2. Is not employed by nor receives compensation from the publisher or supplier of the instructional materials, or any person, firm, organization, subsidiary, or controlling entity representing it

3. Does not have and will not negotiate a contractual relationship with the publisher or supplier of the instructional materials, or any person, firm, organization, subsidiary, or controlling entity representing it

4. Does not have an interest as a contributor, author, editor, or consultant in any textbook or other instructional material submitted to the district


approved: November 12, 2013 Ukiah, California