November 14, 2023 Committee of the Full Board Item 1

Report from the Commissioner of Education Regarding Instructional Materials Offered for Adoption under Proclamation 2024

November 17, 2023

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION

SUMMARY: This item provides the opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to adopt materials submitted for review in response to Proclamation 2024. The SBOE issued Proclamation 2024 in April 2022, calling for instructional materials for science, technology applications, specified career and technical education courses, and Personal Financial Literacy and Economics. All materials submitted in response to Proclamation 2024 were reviewed for standards alignment in the summer 2023. Additionally, reviews through the Texas Resource Review began in May 2023 for materials submitted for science. This item presents the final report from the commissioner of education regarding the coverage of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), alleged factual errors, and the final reports from the Texas Resource Review.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.022 and §31.023.

TEC, §31.022(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.

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

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: Proclamation 2024 was issued by the SBOE in April 2022. Amendments to Proclamation 2024 were approved at the September 2023 SBOE meeting. The board ratified amendments to the schedule of adoption procedures in Proclamation 2024 of the State Board of Education Advertising for Bids for Instructional Materials.

The review of Proclamation 2024 instructional materials concluded in September 2023. 

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Require that all publishers make corrections listed in the Proclamation 2024 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 2024 List of Instructional Materials Eligible for Adoption.

Staff Members Responsible:
Colin Dempsey, Director, District Operations, Technology & Sustainability Supports
Amie Williams, Director, Instructional Materials Review and Approval, District Operations, Technology, & Sustainability Supports

Attachment I:              
Proclamation 2024

Attachment II:              
Proclamation 2024 List of Instructional Materials Eligible for Adoption

Attachment III:            
Texas Resource Review Reports: K–8

Attachment IV:            
Texas Resource Review Reports: High School

Separate Exhibit I:     
Proclamation 2024 Report of Required Corrections

Separate Exhibit II:    
Proclamation 2024 Report of Editorial Changes

Separate Exhibit III:  
Proclamation 2024 Report New Content