November 2013 Committee on Instruction Item 4

 

Update on the Review Process for Proclamation 2015 Instructional Materials

November 20, 2013

COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION: DISCUSSION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: NO ACTION

SUMMARY:
The State Board of Education (SBOE) issued Proclamation 2015 in April 2013. Products submitted in response to Proclamation 2015 are scheduled to be reviewed in the summer of 2014, adopted in November 2014, and implemented at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. The subjects and grade levels included in Proclamation 2015 are social studies, grades K-12; mathematics, grades 9-12; fine arts; three Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses for which students may receive mathematics credit; and Principles and Elements of Floral Design. This item provides an opportunity for staff to update the SBOE on the review process for Proclamation 2015.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.022.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: Proclamation 2015 was issued by the SBOE in April 2013. Social studies materials were last adopted in 2003 under Proclamation 2000. Mathematics materials for grades 9-12 were last adopted in 2006 under Proclamation 2004. Instructional materials for fine arts were last adopted in 2004 under Proclamation 2002.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: The new adoption cycle for instructional materials was approved by the SBOE in January 2012. House Bill 188, passed by the 80th Texas Legislature, requires the SBOE to designate each proclamation by the school year in which the instructional materials are intended to be made available in classrooms and not by the school year in which the board makes the request for production.

FISCAL IMPACT: Senate Bill 6, passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature, First Called Session, 2011 entitles school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to receive an Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) for the purchase of instructional materials, technological equipment, and technology-related services. An allotment is credited to each district’s or charter school’s instructional materials account as provided by TEC, §31.0212. Remaining funds can be carried forward to the next school year as well as the next biennium. The IMA for the 2016-2017 biennium is expected to be available for district purchase of Proclamation 2015 materials.

PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: New instructional materials aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are scheduled for adoption in November 2014 for use beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: In accordance with 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §66.27(d), a copy of Proclamation 2015 was provided to designated representatives of the publishing industry to solicit comments on the content of Proclamation 2015. Public meetings with representatives of the publishing industry were held on March 27, 2013 and August 27, 2013.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: Amendments to Proclamation 2015 of the State Board of Education Advertising for Bids on Instructional Materials is presented as a separate item in this agenda.

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Interim Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs

John Lopez, Managing Director
Instructional Materials and Educational Technology

Christopher Lucas, Review and Adoption Director
Instructional Materials and Educational Technology

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