June 2019 Committee on Instruction Item 8

Approval for Update of Instructional Materials

June 14, 2019

COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION

SUMMARY:
ThinkCERCA is requesting approval to update content in three of its adopted products: ThinkCERCA, Texas Edition, for English language arts and reading, grades 6, 7 and 8. The updated content has been reviewed by curriculum subject-area specialists and determined to address the pertinent student expectations in a manner equal to the content initially reviewed and approved by the state review panel.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.003 and §31.022.

TEC, §31.003, permits the State Board of Education (SBOE) to adopt rules for the adoption, requisition, distribution, care, use, and disposal of instructional materials.

TEC, §31.022, requires the SBOE to adopt rules to provide for a full and complete investigation of instructional materials for each subject in the foundation curriculum and for each subject in the enrichment curriculum.

The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: English language arts and reading instructional materials from ThinkCERCA were adopted in November 2018 under Proclamation 2019. This item was postponed at the April 2019 meeting.
 
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: Texas Administrative Code §66.75 permits a publisher to submit a request for approval to substitute an updated edition of state-adopted instructional materials. This section also requires that all requests for updates involving content in state-adopted instructional materials be approved by the SBOE prior to their introduction into state-adopted instructional materials. ThinkCERCA, Texas Edition, Grade 6 (9780999856130), ThinkCERCA, Texas Edition, Grade 7 (9780999856147), and ThinkCERCA, Texas Edition, Grade 8 (9780999856178), published by ThinkCERCA, underwent review by state review panels in the summer of 2018. ThinkCERCA, Texas Edition, Grade 6 was found to have 93.65% Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) coverage, ThinkCERCA, Texas Edition, Grade 7 was found to have 93.65% TEKS coverage, and ThinkCERCA, Texas Edition, Grade 8 was found to have 93.75% TEKS coverage.

PUBLIC BENEFIT AND COST TO PERSONS: Product updates provide more accurate student and teacher instructional materials. There is no anticipated economic cost to persons who are required to comply with the proposal.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Approve the request from ThinkCERCA to update ThinkCERCA, Texas Edition, Grade 6, ThinkCERCA, Texas Edition, Grade 7, and ThinkCERCA, Texas Edition, Grade 8 adopted in November 2018 under Proclamation 2019.


Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner, Standards and Support Services
Kelly Callaway, Senior Director, Instructional Materials

Attachment: ThinkCERCA Update Request

Special Exhibit: New Content Proposed by ThinkCERCA