January 2014 Committee of the Full Board Wednesday Item 7

Amendments to Proclamation 2015 of the State Board of Education
Advertising for Bids on Instructional Materials

January 31, 2014

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION

SUMMARY:
Proclamation 2015 advertises for bids on new instructional materials to be used by school districts and open-enrollment charter schools beginning in school year 2015-2016. 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; one Technology Applications course for which students may receive mathematics credit; and one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course for which students may receive fine arts credit. This item provides an opportunity for the board to amend Proclamation 2015.

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

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: The board approved the current adoption cycle for instructional materials in January 2012. The board issued Proclamation 2015 in April 2013. At its July 2013 meeting, the board amended Proclamation 2015 to include Principles and Elements of Floral Design and Robotics Programming and Design and moved the deadline for publishers to provide a complete description of all items included in their bids from April 18, 2014 to January 31, 2014. At its November 2013 meeting, the board amended Proclamation 2015 to update the requirements related to the production of specialized instructional materials and to include a deadline for the re-submission of new content created in response to reports from state review panels.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: At its November 2013 meeting, the board asked staff to contact publishers to determine the impact of requiring a search feature in electronic samples and requiring a common End User License Agreement (EULA) to access web-based samples.

FISCAL IMPACT: Senate Bill 6, passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature created 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 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 included in Proclamation 2015 are scheduled for adoption in November 2014 and for use beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Amend Proclamation 2015 of the State Board of Education Advertising for Bids on Instructional Materials.

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, 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

Attachment:
Proclamation 2015 of the State Board of Education Advertising for Bids on Instructional Materials (PDF, 310KB)