Georgia's Instructional Materials Program
In previous years, the Georgia
Department of Education (GaDOE) has conducted a review of
textbook/instructional materials for core curriculum courses. The process
was based on a six year staggered schedule. Publishers submitted materials for
consideration. Evaluation sites, one in each congressional district, were open
in the summer so educators and the general public could view and evaluate the
materials and submit comments to an advisory committee. Based on the
recommendations from the advisory committee, the State Board of Education
(SBOE) voted to approve a list of resources aligned to the State Board of
Education adopted standards for a particular content area.
During the 2016 legislative session,
laws related to textbook adoption were revised to allow for the Georgia
Department of Education (GaDOE) to opt out of this role and leave adoption
decisions up to local school districts. The revised legislation to the
Georgia Code can be found in House Bill 739. The GaDOE will support districts
in evaluating high quality programs without being part of the formal,
facilitated adoption, and review process.
Please review State Board of
Education (SBOE) Rule 160-4-4-.10 (Instructional Materials Selection and
Recommendation) and SBOE Rule 160-4-4-.20 (Instructional Materials Advisory
Committee). These rules have been amended to comply with House Bill 739
that was enacted during the 2016 legislative session.
We want to thank you for your
assistance and support with previous reviews.