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Vista 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) and ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), Education Code 42605 grants district flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Vista 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 2008-2009 through 2012-2013 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 ensure that each student is provided 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)

Instructional materials for grades K-8 shall be selected from the list of standards-aligned materials adopted by the State Board of Trustees (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 60422)

For grades 9-12, the Superintendent or designee shall review instructional materials in history-social science, mathematics, reading/language arts, and science to ensure they align 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 basic instructional materials in grades K-8, be selected from among the list of materials approved by the SBE in accordance with law. (Education Code 60200)

2. For instructional materials in high schools, 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, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, or occupation, or contain any sectarian or denominational doctrine or propaganda contrary to law. (Education Code 60044)

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 provide any exposure 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 60200, 60048)

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.

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

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

9. Contribute to a comprehensive, balanced curriculum.

10. 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.

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

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

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

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

15. Include high-quality teacher's guides/teacher's editions.

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

17. 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, and students as appropriate.

(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 participating in the evaluation of instructional materials shall not:

1. 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)

Ownership of these materials remains with the district, not the individual teacher.

2. Be employed by or receive compensation from any person, firm, organization, or any of its subsidiaries or controlling entities submitting instructional materials to the district.

3. Have or negotiate a contractual relationship with any person, firm, or organization or any of its subsidiaries or controlling entities submitting instructional materials to the district.

4. Have an interest as a contributor, author, editor, or consultant in any textbook or other instructional material submitted to the district.


approved: May 19, 2011 Vista, California