November 16, 2021 Committee of the Full Board Item 2

Report from the Commissioner of Education Regarding Instructional Materials Offered for Adoption under Proclamation 2022

November 19, 2021


SUMMARY:  This item provides the opportunity for the State Board of Education to adopt materials submitted for review in response to Proclamation 2022. The board issued Proclamation 2022 in April 2020, calling for instructional materials for health and physical education. Products submitted in response to Proclamation 2022 were reviewed in the summer of 2021. This item presents the final report from the commissioner of education regarding the coverage of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, 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.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION:  Proclamation 2022 was issued by the SBOE in April 2020. Amendments to Proclamation 2022 were approved at the April 2021 SBOE meeting. The board ratified a deadline extension in Proclamation 2022 extending the publisher deadline for submitting preliminary and final correlations, pre-adoption samples, and related deliverables and to allow publishers more time to create materials aligned to the newly revised Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

The review of Proclamation 2022 instructional materials concluded in August 2021. 

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Require that all publishers make corrections listed in the Proclamation 2022 Report of Required Corrections, the Report of New Content, 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 2.1 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 2022 List of Instructional Materials Eligible for Adoption.

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

Attachment I:              
Proclamation 2022 List of Instructional Materials Eligible for Adoption

Attachment II:           
Proclamation 2022 Report of Required Corrections

Attachment III:          
Proclamation 2022 Report of Editorial Changes

Attachment IV:          
Proclamation 2022 Report New Content

Separate Exhibit I:     
Proclamation 2022 Report of Required Corrections—Additional Corrections Reported after 8/23/2021
(to be provided at the November 2021 SBOE meeting)

Separate Exhibit II:    
Proclamation 2022 Report of Editorial Changes—Additional Changes Reported after 8/23/2021
(to be provided at the November 2021 SBOE meeting)

Separate Exhibit III:  
Proclamation 2022 Public Comments
(to be provided at the November 2021 SBOE meeting)