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This resource has been developed to help provide guidance to administrators and educators in the selection of instructional materials. Based on requests from state leaders, the Guide to Quality Instructional Materials supports the ability to establish or enhance state level review processes and to provide guidance to districts. The toolkit includes useful resources, guidance and examples that will help identify best practices when considering instructional materials including both core-instructional materials and supplemental resources.

Why Use This Guide?

Today’s instructional materials include resources delivered via different delivery platforms and carrying different types of licenses. However, the criteria used to judge quality and alignment to state learning standards needs to be the same regardless of whether the materials are print or digital, open, or all rights reserved copyright. Quality is quality. This guide may be used to:

  • Provide guidance to schools, districts and states regarding the selection of instructional materials
  • Inform instructional materials adoption policies and ongoing review processes at the state level
  • Encourage state leadership as related to instructional materials selection and procurement
  • Inform the private sector with an outline of considerations regarding the instructional materials selection and adoption process
  • Share resources for a variety of stakeholders involved in the process of selecting instructional materials

How to Share this Work

Throughout this site there are embedded checklists, presentations and action steps. In addition, SETDA is continually adding resources to the Communication Tools page so that you can access the tools via one location.


Christine Fox, Deputy Director, SETDA
Rachel Jones, Education Consultant

Project Development Committee

This work was developed in collaboration with SETDA members including state digital learning leaders and instructional materials leads as well as members of the private sector. The members met at least monthly from May 2016 – December 2016 including an in-person focus group at SETDA’s Annual Leadership Summit in October 2016. In addition, SETDA has collaborated with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the State Instructional Materials Review Association and the AEM Center to ensure a robust resource.

Committee Chairs

Barbara Soots, Open Educational Resources Program Manager, Washington State OSPI
Kurt Bernhardt, Executive Director of Education Technology, Oklahoma State Department of Education

Committee Members
Giancarlo Brotto, Global Education Strategist, Smart Techniques, ULC
Amy Brown, Education Strategist, CDW-G
André DeLeón, Instructional Materials Standards, Nevada Department of Education
Peter Drescher, Education Technology Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Education
Sonya Edwards, Education Administrator, Education Data Office, California Department of Education
Cory Epler, Chief Academic Officer, Nebraska Department of Education
Elizabeth James, Idaho Curricular Materials & Online Course Review Coordinator
Deborah Goodman, Lead Consultant Digital Teaching & Learning, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Alan Griffin, Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Alicia Kerns, Personalized Learning Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education
Pete  Koczera, Senior Manager, K12 Business Development, CDW-G
Ann-Marie Mapes, Education Technology Consultant, Michigan Department of Education
Janice Mertes, Assistant Director Instructional Media & Tech/Digital Learning, Wisconsin DPI
Carol Mosley, Education Technology Director, Education Technology/E-Rate, Louisiana
Donna Murray, Digital Teaching & Learning Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Gwen Wallace Nagel, Director, Iowa Learning Online and State Ed Tech, Iowa Department of Education
Erin Senior, Instructional Technology Teacher Specialist, Maryland State Department of Education
Stan Silverman, Director, New York State Teacher Centers
Keith Smith, Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Holly Walsh,Digital Learning Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education
Molly Yowell, Digital Content Coordinator, Indiana Department of Education


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If you have questions or suggestions, please email Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director at cfox(@)setda.org.



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