State-Adopted Instructional Materials

Materials adopted by the State Board of Education can be ordered through the EMAT system with funds from a district’s Instructional Materials and Technology Allotment

EMAT closes for system and product updates once per year, usually during April, and reopens in May so districts can begin placing orders for the next school year.

Before ordering materials through EMAT, district staff must complete EMAT training to obtain a login. The training provides more details about the ordering process, including requisitions and disbursements.

When EMAT reopens for each school year, every district must complete a set of prerequisites:

  • Complete the Allotment and TEKS Certification process.
  • Select summer ship dates.
  • Review and update contacts and addresses.

How to Order State-Adopted Materials

Once all prerequisites have been met, log in to EMAT for the current list of state-adopted materials and to find multiple list codes (which allow users to search by subject and grade level). Visit the Proclamations page to view upcoming materials eligible for adoption.

Ordering Accessible Materials
State-adopted accessible instructional materials, including braille, large-print, audio, and digital, are provided free of charge to eligible students and also can be ordered through EMAT.

Quality Reviews
Texas Resource Review provides detailed, independent quality reviews of instructional materials to help districts make informed decisions.

Allotment and TEKS Certification

Every school district and charter school must certify annually to the State Board of Education and the commissioner that students have access to instructional materials covering all Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for all required subjects, except physical education. Certification is accomplished by completing the Allotment and TEKS Certification process (revised in April 2021). Districts will be unable to order instructional materials through EMAT until the certification is received.

Steps for completing the Allotment and TEKS Certification process:

  1. Download the Allotment and TEKS Certification template—available in Excel format or PDF format—and list which instructional materials the district has or plans to adopt for the upcoming school year. (This document does not need to be submitted to TEA but will be used by the district/charter school to complete the certification process.)
  2. Present this list to the LEA board of trustees or governing body in an open, public-noticed meeting to be ratified.
  3. After ratification, submit the required Allotment and TEKS Certification Form. (The district representative completing this form will be asked to confirm board approval; no signature is required).

Emergency Assistance  

Districts affected by a natural disaster can create a needs list in EMAT to inform potential donors of specific needs. Visit the Instructional Materials Emergency Assistance page for videos and detailed instructions. Districts and other entities that wish to donate materials can do so within EMAT or by emailing the TEA Instructional Materials and Implementation Division.