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2009 Learning Resources Evaluation Sites and Times

MEDIA CONTACT: GaDOE Communications office, (404) 463-1487,  - Follow us on Twitter:   June 26, 2009 -- Starting next week, the public will have a chance to review recommended textbooks and other learning resources for instruction in foreign languages, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and high school English language arts.   The Georgia Department of Education announced the  2009 Learning Resources Evaluation Sites  that will be open for three weeks starting on June 29. The sites allow members of the public -- including parents and educators -- to review and evaluate learning resources that may be used in the classroom over the coming years.   "We deeply value the public's input in this process," said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. "We especially want to hear from educators who will be using these resources in the classroom and parents whose children will be learning from these resources."   There are 13 sites around the state -- one in each of Georgia's Congressional Districts. The sites will be open Monday-Thursday, generally during school business hours. For specific locations and times, be sure to check the  schedule . This year, the state is compiling a list of learning resources and instructional materials for K-12 Foreign Language, K-12 English for Speakers Other Languages (ESOL), and Grades 9-12 English Language Arts.   The purpose of the state learning resource process is to provide local systems with a recommended list of learning resources for use in Georgia's public schools. This list is generated by the state Learning Resources Advisory Committee based upon this evaluation process in which educators and the public are given the opportunity to review and make comments on materials submitted for consideration by publishers. The recommendation process is based upon a six-year cycle. Each year the state reviews learning resources that relate to a particular subject or group of subjects in order to create a state-recommended list of learning resources. Please visit our  Textbook Page  for more information and  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  about the adoption process.   Learning resources that meet standards as set by the state are recommended. Each local system will determine which learning resource best meets the district's particular instructional needs. School systems rely on the recommended list as their primary source of information about available learning resources and turn to it first when beginning their local recommendation process.   After this year's review, the Learning Resources Advisory Committee will meet in late July to compile a recommended list of learning resources for approval by the  State Board of Education .