November 2019 Committee of the Full Board Item 4

Report from the Commissioner of Education Regarding Instructional Materials Offered for Adoption under Proclamation 2020

November 15, 2019


SUMMARY: This item provides the opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to adopt materials submitted for review in response to Proclamation 2020. The board issued Proclamation 2020 in April 2018, calling for materials in high school English language arts and reading and English for speakers of other languages. Products submitted in response to Proclamation 2020 were reviewed in the summer of 2019. This item presents the final report from the commissioner of education regarding the coverage of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), alleged factual errors, and information regarding whether a publisher on the list has previously refused to rebid instructional materials.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.023 and §31.024.

TEC, §31.023(a), requires the SBOE to adopt a list of instructional materials that meet applicable physical specifications and contain material covering at least half of the applicable TEKS in the student version and in the teacher version.

TEC, §31.023(b), requires that each instructional material on the list must be free from factual errors, suitable for the subject and grade level for which the instructional material was submitted, and reviewed by academic experts in the subject and grade level for which the instructional material was submitted,

TEC §31.024, requires the SBOE to make decisions to place material on the adopted list or reject material by majority vote and to provide a list of adopted materials no later than December 1 of the year prior to the year the materials are expected to be in classrooms.

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

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: Proclamation 2020 was issued by the SBOE in April 2018. Amendments to Proclamation 2020 were approved at the November 2018 SBOE meeting.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: The review of Proclamation 2020 instructional materials concluded in August 2019.

PUBLIC BENEFIT AND COST TO PERSONS:  Benefits include the availability of instructional materials aligned to new and revised standards in the year in which new and revised standards are implemented. 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:

Require that all publishers make corrections listed in the Proclamation 2020 Report of Required Corrections and the Report of Editorial Changes;

Require that all instructional materials meet established manufacturing standards and specifications;

Require that all electronic instructional materials comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, Level 2.0 AA and the technical standards required by the Federal Rehabilitation Act, Section 508;

Approve changes and corrections submitted in response to written comments and public testimony; and

Place instructional materials submitted for adoption on the adopted list as indicated on the Proclamation 2020 List of Instructional Materials Eligible for Adoption.

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner, Standards and Support Services
Kelly Callaway, Senior Director, Instructional Materials
Attachment:     Proclamation 2020 List of Instructional Materials Eligible for Adoption

Separate Exhibit I:    Proclamation 2020 Report of Required Corrections
Separate Exhibit II:    Proclamation 2020 Report of Editorial Changes