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Learning Resources Evaluation Sites Named

MEDIA CONTACT: GaDOE Communications office, (404) 651-7358,     June 23, 2010 -- The Georgia Department of Education announced today the 2010 Learning Resources Evaluation Sites. These sites will be available June 28, 2010, for the public to review recommended textbooks and other learning resources for instruction in Fine Arts, Health & Physical Education, Social Studies, and high school Mathematics.   The 2010 Learning Resources Evaluation Sites will be open for approximately three weeks. The sites will 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.   There are 13 sites around the state with one in each of Georgia's Congressional Districts. The sites will be open Monday - Thursday, generally during school business hours. Many systems will be closed the week of July 5-9, 2010 due to furlough days. For specific locations and times, be sure to check the attached schedule or check the Textbook Page of the Georgia Department of Education website.   This year, the state is compiling a list of learning resources and instructional materials for K-12 Fine Arts, K-12 Social Studies, K-12 Health & Physical Education, and Grades 9-12 Advanced Mathematical Decision Making Courses.   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 the 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 will then be recommended for approval by the State Board of Education. Each local system will determine which learning resources best meet 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 the summer 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.   More Information:   Textbook Page    Learning Resources Sites