January 2020 Committee on Instruction Item 5

Approval of Substitution of Instructional Materials for Origo Education


January 31, 2020

COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION

SUMMARY:  Origo Education is requesting approval to substitute new editions for six of its adopted products for math: Stepping Stones Student Journal Kindergarten, Stepping Stones Student Journal Grade 1, Stepping Stones Student Journal Grade 2, Stepping Stones Student Journal Grade 3, Stepping Stones Student Journal Grade 4, and Stepping Stones Student Journal Grade 5. The substitutions have been reviewed by agency staff 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(b), 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:  Math instructional materials from Origo Education were adopted in November 2013 under Proclamation 2014.

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. 

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 Origo Education to substitute Stepping Stones Student Journal Kindergarten, Stepping Stones Student Journal Grade 1, Stepping Stones Student Journal Grade 2, Stepping Stones Student Journal Grade 3, Stepping Stones Student Journal Grade 4, and Stepping Stones Student Journal Grade 5 adopted in November 2013 under Proclamation 2014.

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

Separate Exhibit:     Origo Education Substitution Request