October 2014 Work Session

Work Session Regarding Proclamation 2015 Public Comment on Social Studies Submissions

October 20, 2014

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: 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 were reviewed in June and July of 2014 and are scheduled to be adopted in November 2014 for implementation 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, grades K-12; and Principles and Elements of Floral Design. This item provides an opportunity for the SBOE to review comments that have been submitted related to Proclamation 2015 instructional materials since the public hearing in September and any responses to those comments that have been submitted by publishers.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.024.

BOARD RESPONSE: This item is presented for review and comment.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: Proclamation 2015 was issued by the SBOE in April 2013, and the board approved the Proclamation 2015 Question and Answer document in July 2013.

FUTURE ACTION EXPECTED: Adoption of materials submitted in response to Proclamation 2015 is scheduled for November 2014.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: Publishers interested in responding have an opportunity to provide formal responses to written comments submitted for, against, or about instructional materials submitted for adoption. All comments received by the agency have been forwarded to publishers. Publisher responses to those comments were due September 30.

FISCAL IMPACT: None.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: Numerous comments and questions have been received about Proclamation 2015.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.

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

Kelly Callaway, Interim Division Director
Instructional Materials and Educational Technology