December 2nd, 2013
The Texas Education Agency is now accepting nominations to the state review panels that will evaluate instructional materials submitted for adoption under Proclamation 2015.
Proclamation 2015 calls for instructional materials in the following areas:
- Social Studies, Grades K-12
- Social Studies (Spanish), Grades K-5
- Mathematics, Grades 9-12
- Fine Arts, Grades K-12
State review panels are scheduled to convene in Austin for one week during the summer of 2014 to review materials submitted under Proclamation 2015. The TEA will reserve hotel lodging and reimburse panel members for all travel expenses, as allowable by law.
- Panel members should plan to remain on-site for five days to conduct the evaluation.
- Panel members will be asked to complete an initial review of instructional materials prior to the in-person review.
- Panel members will receive orientation and training both prior to the initial review and at the beginning of the in-person review.
- Panel members might be asked to review additional content following the in-person review.
- Because many of the samples will be delivered electronically, panel members should be comfortable reviewing materials on-screen rather than in print.
- Panel members should also have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
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 for the Texas Education Agency and ends after the State Board of Education (SBOE) adopts the instructional materials. The SBOE is scheduled to adopt Proclamation 2015 materials at its November 2014 meeting.
To nominate yourself or someone else to serve on a state review panel, please complete the form posted HERE and submit it to the TEA on or before Friday, January 24, 2014.
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
November 25th, 2013
The TEA Proclamation 2014 website has posted the following document:
These are SBOE adopted materials which can be purchased via the EMAT system beginning in April 2014. These materials are intended for use during the 2014-2015 school year.
Region 13 will host a set of vendor showcases in January and February of 2014. District representatives may come and review instructional materials available from various vendors, and most vendors will be present to answer questions regarding materials available for purchase. There is no registration required for districts to participate in the showcases. They are come-and-go events from 9:00 am–4:00 pm on the following dates:
January 7, 2014 Elementary Math & Science
January 8, 2014 Secondary Math & Science
February 21, 2014 Technology Applications K-12
June 3rd, 2013
There are many things to consider when looking at new curriculum materials. Many districts already have procedures, manuals, and evaluation forms in place from many years of experience. We are in an age where resource adoption now looks and feels slightly different including virtual labs, streaming video, and other digital experiences. Region 13 has put together a form that may help you update your internal thinking with regard to new adoptions. By no means an exhaustive list, the Proclamation 2014 Considerations document provides a few specific questions in several areas, including technology, that may be helpful when reviewing materials this coming year. Also, we have gathered th
ree different examples of materials evaluation rubrics used in the past. These may be helpful when reviewing your own local procedures.
May 31st, 2013
As the Proclamation 2014 adoption cycle begins, there are some questions you might want to keep in mind concerning the accessibility of the instructional materials your district chooses. Below are a few resources to help you frame and ask your questions:
May 30th, 2013
Preview materials from Proclamation 2014 publishers are available for preview at ESC Region 13 throughout the adoption process. We have created a couple of resources to make your preview process easier:
- Register for a time to come to Region 13 to view preview materials on the Textbooks for Adoption page: http://www4.esc13.net/textbooks/workshops/
- Use this handy-dandy list of publishers with preview materials listed by subject area: http://www4.esc13.net/textbooks/proclamation-2014/
Please note that Region 13 staff have not previewed or reviewed these materials in any way. We also encourage districts who come to preview materials to bring along a checklist or list to help evaluate the materials.
February 27th, 2013
This plan is subject to change. However, early notice might help with your planning.
ESC Region 13 will host three days of Instructional Materials Preview at the Center in early spring 2014.
January 7th – K-5 Math and Science
January 8th – Secondary Math and Science
February 21st – Technology Applications
August 9th, 2012
Allowable Uses of District’s Instructional Materials Allotment
• New Instructional Materials under Proclamation 2011
• Bilingual/ESL Materials
• English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS)
• Midcycle Instructional Materials
• Commissioner’s List of Electronic Textbooks
• Instructional materials not on an adopted list
Districts may also use their allotment to acquire technological equipment and technology-related services. This includes training educational personnel directly involved in the appropriate use of instructional materials and access to technological equipment for instructional use. Examples of these types of purchases are listed below.
- Staff Development on the use of instructional materials
- Access to technological equipment for instructional use
- Salary (technology support)
How can we help?
Please consider ESC Region XIII as a service provider as you make determinations from the above table. We would be happy to discuss our range of customizable services and how we can support your education technology needs.
Note: Allotment funds will be disbursed to districts for instructional materials not on an adopted list, technological equipment, technology services and other related items. Districts and open-enrollment charter schools will be responsible for acquiring products and/or services directly from publishers/vendors.
May 3rd, 2012
Quoting Katie Oster from TEA – written on May 2, 2012
“At its April 2012 meeting, the State Board of Education (SBOE) issued Proclamation 2014 calling for new instructional materials for science, grades K-12; mathematics, grades K-8; and Technology Applications, grades K-12.
The schedule for the adoption procedures indicates that the SBOE will approve the Proclamation 2014 Questions and Answers document at its July meeting. The Questions and Answers document contains questions posed by publishers and other stakeholders regarding the TEKS, the proclamation, and the review and adoption process. Answers to the questions are provided by TEA staff and approved by the State Board of Education.
Publishers and other stakeholders are encouraged to submit questions for the Questions and Answers document to email@example.com.”
April 24th, 2012
quoted from http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=2147506220
“The Texas Education Agency will close the Educational Materials System (EMAT) for the 2011-2012 school year on April 27, 2012. Districts and open-enrollment charter schools will be unable to submit requisition or disbursement requests; however, the EMAT system will provide access to the IMA TEKS Certification process. The district local board and superintendent will be required to certify that the district has instructional materials that cover all elements of the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum, other than physical education, for each grade level as required in the Texas Education Code, Section 28.002.”
April 24th, 2012
February 27, 2012
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Instructional Materials Allotment Certification and Access to EMAT
Instructional Materials Allotment TEKS Certification Form for 2012
EMAT will reopen in April 2012 for districts to order instructional materials for the 2012-2013 school year. Districts and open-enrollment charter schools are required to certify annually to the State Board of Education and the Commissioner that for each subject in the required curriculum students have access to the instructional materials that cover all of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Districts or open-enrollment charter schools will be unable to submit any requisitions or disbursements until the certification has been signed and submitted to the Texas Education Agency. To assist with planning, instructions for completing the certification are located at
The newly redesigned annual certification form, formerly known as the Local Board of Trustees (LBOT), is available through the Educational Materials (EMAT) system. Districts will be unable to submit a requisition or disbursement request until the IMA TEKS Certification form has been submitted. Step by step instructions to process the IMA TEKS Certification form is available within the EMAT system start page.