Statewide Licenses for Electronic Instructional Materials
November 20, 2009
COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION
SUMMARY: This item is presented for consideration to accept statewide licenses for online instructional materials for use in school districts and open-enrollment charter schools. The statewide license must provide access to online instructional materials from the school, library or home. The online instructional materials provided statewide will be considered on the report and recommendations from the commissioner of education offered for adoption
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.024 and §31.026.
PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: Proclamation 2010 was issued by the State Board of Education (SBOE) in November 2007. Proposed amendments to Proclamation 2010 were approved by the SBOE in May 2008, September 2008, July 2009, and September 2009.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: The Agency requested $547,427,436 for Proclamation 2010 during the 81st Texas Legislative Session. At the end of the session, the legislature appropriated $465,313,321 for Proclamation 2010. Options to reduce the cost of Proclamation 2010 were discussed during the July 2009 State Board of Education meeting. The SBOE requested that publishers modify their bids to eliminate the deficit for Proclamation 2010. The goal was to achieve a 7.7% average reduction of costs of submitted programs for English Language Arts and Reading.
Publishers submitted their official bids but failed to achieve a 7.7% reduction. One bid received included a statewide license for electronic instructional materials. In September, the State Board of Education took action to reduce the cost of Proclamation 2010. The board voted to update the number of projected units for Spanish materials and to reduce the per-unit maximum cost for each subject area and grade level by 4.74%. Additionally, the board voted to provide publishers an opportunity to revise their bid prices. The deadline for submitting revised official bid forms was Friday, October 9, 2009.
Since a bid for a statewide license for electronic instructional materials was received by the SBOE, board members requested that staff explore the concept of a statewide license for electronic instructional materials as an option to reduce costs for Proclamation 2010.
FISCAL IMPACT: The projected expenditure for first-year purchases of new instructional materials purchased under Proclamation 2010 is approximately $465,274,982. Acceptance of a bid for a statewide license could reduce expenditure for first year purchase.
PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Students and/or teachers throughout the state may have an option to receive electronic instructional materials aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and adopted by the SBOE.
PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: Adopted materials will be included in the Educational Materials and Textbooks (EMAT) online system.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Public hearings for Proclamation 2010 were held on September 16, 2009 and November 19, 2009.
OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.
COMMISSIONER'S RECOMMENDATION: I recommend that the State Board of Education:
Accept a statewide license for online instructional materials for use in school districts and open-enrollment charter schools.
Commissioner of Education
Staff Members Responsible: Anita Givens, Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs
Norma Torres-Martinez, Deputy Associate Commissioner
Standards and Alignment
John Lopez, Managing Director
Instructional Materials and Educational Technology
Attachment:Statutory Citations Relating to Statewide Licenses for Electronic Instructional Materials