The Texas Education Agency is now accepting nominations to the state review panels that will evaluate instructional materials submitted for adoption under Proclamation 2014.
To nominate yourself or someone else to serve on a state review panel, please complete the form posted at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147505402 and submit it to the TEA on or before Friday, December 14, 2012.
Proclamation 2014 calls for instructional materials in the following areas:
· Science, grades K-12
· Science (Spanish), grades K-5
· Mathematics, grades K-8
· Mathematics (Spanish), grades K-5
· Technology Applications, grades K-12
The state review panels are charged with evaluating instructional materials to determine coverage of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and identify factual errors. The panel members play a very important role in ensuring that those who rely on State Board of Education-adopted textbooks to educate and to be educated have the benefit of quality instructional materials. The materials adopted under Proclamation 2014 are scheduled for use in schools beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.
State review panels will convene in Austin during the summer of 2013 to review instructional materials submitted under Proclamation 2014. Members will attend an orientation/training meeting at the beginning of the week and should plan to remain on-site for five days to conduct the evaluation. The Texas Education Agency will reserve hotel lodging, and reimburse panel members for all travel expenses, as allowable by law.
Upon initial contact by a representative of the TEA, state review panel nominees begin a “no-contact” period in which they may not have either direct or indirect contact with any publisher or other person having an interest in the content of instructional materials under evaluation by the panel. The “no contact” period begins with the initial communication from the Texas Education Agency and ends after the State Board of Education (SBOE) adopts the instructional materials. The SBOE is scheduled to adopt Proclamation 2014 materials at its November 2013 meeting.
Nominations are due on or before Friday, December 14, 2012. The nomination form is posted on the TEA website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147505402.
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