From Print to Digital:Guide to Quality Instructional Materials

There’s a growing body of research finding that instructional materials can have as large an impact on student outcomes as teacher quality or reduced class size. Because of this, it is important to help provide guidance to state, district, and school level leaders in the selection of laptopwithcoloredbooks-480x360quality instructional materials that are aligned to standards, address education goals and are accessible for all students.

Quality instructional materials are content-rich materials aligned to standards that are fully accessible and free from bias. They support sound pedagogy and balanced assessment to help teachers understand and interpret student performance. – SETDA

Essential Question: How do schools and districts choose quality instructional materials?

How to Use this Guide: State, district and school level leaders can use this guide to launch and maintain vetting processes for the selection of quality instructional materials aligned to standards. Key considerations, questions and helpful hints are included throughout the guide. Additionally, the guide includes best practice examples from states and districts and national, state and local resources to consider when selecting quality instructional materials. SETDA identifies the key steps in the process as educators embark upon this effort:

  1. Planning
  2. Budget & Funding
  3. Selection
  4. Implementation
  5. Effectiveness

In addition to these key steps, SETDA discusses in more detail the impact of budgets and acquisition policies on the selection process, as well as considerations related to OER.

This guide was developed in collaboration with state and district leaders, including instructional materials coordinators and academic officers and leaders from the private sector.

This work was developed through the generous support of the

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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