November 18, 2020 Committee of the Full Board Item 4

Report from the Commissioner of Education Regarding Instructional Materials Offered for Adoption under Proclamation 2021

November 20, 2020


SUMMARY:  This item provides the opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to adopt materials submitted for review in response to Proclamation 2021. The board issued Proclamation 2021 in June 2019, calling for instructional materials for prekindergarten. Products submitted in response to Proclamation 2021 were reviewed in the summer of 2020. This item presents the final report from the commissioner of education regarding the coverage of the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (TPG), 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 2021 was issued by the SBOE in June 2019. Amendments to Proclamation 2021 were approved at the January 2020 SBOE meeting. In July 2020, the board ratified a deadline extension in Proclamation 2021 for publishers unable to meet the published deadline for providing pre-adoption samples, final correlations to the TPG, Certification of Editorial Review, Affidavit of Authorship or Contribution, and Report on Interoperability and Ease of Use due to closures and business disruptions related to COVID-19. 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION:  The review of Proclamation 2021 instructional materials concluded in June 2020.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Require that all publishers make corrections listed in the Proclamation 2021 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 2021 List of Instructional Materials Eligible for Adoption.

Staff Members Responsible:
Melissa Lautenschlager, Director, Instructional Materials and Implementation
Amie Williams, Director, Review and Adoption

Attachment I             
Proclamation 2021 List of Instructional Materials Eligible for Adoption

Attachment II:           
Report of Required Corrections (Accessible version)

Attachment III:           
Report of Editorial Changes (Accessible version)
Attachment IV:          
Proclamation 2021 State Review Panel Comments      

Separate Exhibit I:     
Proclamation 2021 Report of Required Corrections—Additional Corrections Reported after 8/17/2020

Separate Exhibit II:    
Proclamation 2021 Editorial Changes---Additional Corrections Reported after 8/17/2020