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 three different examples of materials evaluation rubrics used in the past. These may be helpful when reviewing your own local procedures.
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:
- Purchasing Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM): Quick Reference Guide with Accessibility Questions for Publishers www.texasat.net/users/0011/Quick Ref Guide Purchasing AIM 5 30 13.pdf
- Region 13 Assistive Technology: STOP! Read This Before You Purchase Your Instructional Materials, Textbooks, etc…!!! http://www5.esc13.net/thescoop/assistive-technology/2012/06/05/stop-read-this-before-you-purchase-your-instructional-materials-textbooks-etc/
- TEA List of Companies with Materials under Consideration with contact information: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=2147512114&libID=2147512101
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.
Save the Date – ESC Region 13 will host three days of Instructional Materials Preview at the Center in early spring 2014
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
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.
|Technological Equipment||Technology Services|
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
“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.”
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.
TEA posted a new correspondence, dated Aug 3rd, relating to the Instructional Materials Allotment. The full letter is located on the TEA web site. EMAT is scheduled to open on Aug 8. To assist districts with planning a document has been provided with the Instructional Materials Allotment for all schools.
TEA has published the power point from the TETN training for administrators regarding the Instructional Materials Allotment. The materials can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147501653 .