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AL Science materials for all grade levels. ALEX recruits Resource Reviewers based upon their educational expertise as well as experience with the ALEX Program.  ALEX Resource Reviewer Application. ALEX provides the ALEX Lesson Plan Self-Check for reviewers. ALEX utilizes an online interface for vetting lesson plans and resources. Reviewers use the ALEX Lesson Plan Criteria Checklist for lesson plan review. ALEX curates and shares vetted materials and resources.
Lesson plans and resources are searchable by subject area, grade, author, title, school, or ID.
CA The State Board of Education generally only adopts full course/core instructional materials for language arts, math, history/social science and science. California employs an eight-year adoption cycle per subject. The Instructional Quality Commission(IQC) supervises the instructional materials reviews. Instructional materials reviewers who evaluate materials based on all categories of criteria and content reviewers who review materials to ensure that they are aligned to state content standards and curriculum frameworks. California reviews and adopts instructional materials for grades K-8. California considers print and digital formats for instructional materials. Instructional materials must meet 100% of adopted state standards in addition to other evaluation criteria. The Curriculum Frameworks Adoption Process – CalEdFacts provides detailed information about the instructional materials evaluation and adoption process. The adoption process involves three concurrent steps: social content review; public review and comment; and education content review. California posts the Price List of Adopted Materials that is searchable by subject and grade level. Districts purchase adopted instructional materials directly from publishers.
ID ELA, Computer Applications/Science, Math OER The state solicits reviewers for current year subject area reviews through an application process. Review team members examine curricular materials for both alignment to state content standards and implementation requirements. Reviewers attend training via webinar. The state provides evaluation rubrics Adoption Guides are listings of all state approved curricular materials. They are organized by content area and grade level.
IN English language arts, science, math and social studies instructional materials for K-12. The Rockstars of Curation are a cohort of educators made up of K-12 ELA, science, social studies, math teachers, K-12 media specialists. Educators can apply to be a Rockstar online – Office of eLearning. Once selected the Rockstars meet throughout the school year where they receive professional development on various digital learning topics and spend time collaboratively vetting and curating digital materials. The Rockstars use whatever tools best meet the needs of their students. Amazon Inspire will house their digital content repository. After the testing phase, Amazon Inspire will offer all Indiana teachers a free place to find quality, vetted resources by keyword or standard.
LA Early childhood education
K-12 social studies full courses, K-12 English language arts full courses and benchmark assessments, and K-12 math full courses and benchmark assessments.
Materials are evaluated by a committee of Louisiana educators selected through an annual application process. Any current Louisiana public school educator can apply to be a part of a review committee as a Teacher Leader Advisor Louisiana’s Online Instructional Materials Reviews website provides information and guidance for the review of instructional materials. Teacher Leader Advisors reviews materials for alignment to the state academic standards using a rubric. Louisiana’s Online Instructional Materials Reviews Resources includes Guidance for Textbooks and Instructional Materials Reviews, rubrics by subject area, assurance of accessibility standards checklist and other helpful resources. Louisiana maintains the list of reviewed instructional materials and resources on their website – Curricular Resources and Annotated Reviews. The reviewed instructional materials are organized by content area in three tiers.
MD Online course All reviewers must have a minimum of 4 years of experience teaching the content in a classroom setting. Individual vendors submit courses for review or districts may request a review. Each review requires at least three content expert educators and one educator trained in the review process. MSDE provides training to all content specialists. Content rubric based on iNACOL online course standards for students Vendor/local school systems courses are delivered on their own platform. MSDE courses are delivered via Blackboard.
MI History, civics, government Michigan selects master teachers to collaborate and work together to develop the open textbooks. Teachers come from all other the state and include high school, upper elementary, and elementary school teachers. Social Studies professionals including consultants, university faculty, and district curriculum leaders edit and maintain the digital textbooks. All of these reviewers have extensive background knowledge in the content area.   Michigan posts the digital books on the Michigan Open Textbook Project website. Michigan provides the source files so that teachers can download the digital books and add their own contents. All books run on iOS, OSX, Android, Windows, and Chrome.
NM New Mexico publishes the adoption cycle. Subject area reviews include social studies, ELA, Modern classical and native language. New Mexico has regional review centers throughout the state New Mexico provides a list of adopted materials reviewed and scored by subject area New Mexico provides a list of rubrics used to review and score instructional materials by subject area. New Mexico publishes an adopted list of instructional materials on their website.
OR Science, Math, ELA, Physical education, World languages Oregon solicits reviewer nominations for the evaluation and adoption of instructional materials subject area.

Reviewers receive professional development, travel reimbursement, and an honorarium.

Oregon publishes review team members and review committee comments by subject area. Oregon identifies adoption criteria by subject area Instructional materials that are formally adopted by the State Board of Education are listed on the website.
TN Math, ELA, World languages, CTE, Social studies The commission may recruit and appoint an advisory panel of expert teachers and other experts in each subject area or grade level to advise the commission on textbook and instructional material selections. The state textbook adoption process is administered in accordance with statutory requirements. The reviews are prepared by committees of classroom teachers and other experts and approved by the commission. Tennessee uses screening instruments (rubrics) by subject area to review instructional materials. The State Board of Education approves the list of textbooks and instructional materials. School districts may choose to adopt a book from the state approved list or apply for a waiver to use a different text.
UT Bilingual education/ESL; business; educational technology; general financial literacy; fine arts; and special education. The Utah State Instructional Materials Commission, in conjunction with the Instructional Materials Center review instructional materials. Instructional materials reviews are announced in June and December. Publishers submit a formal bid. Materials are evaluated on the basis of their alignment to standards, accessibility to all students, and appropriate pedagogy State curriculum specialists in cooperation with subject area specialists in districts and schools develop rubrics for the review of instructional materials. Access the rubrics at the Instructional Materials Center website. Utah hosts the Recommended Instructional Materials System. Educators can search by subject area, publishers, or ISBN number.
  WA Varies Superintendents and district office administrators are responsible for curriculum development and selection of instructional materials. Washington does not have a formal review process. Provides guidance for conducting instructional materials review. EQuIP, IMET, and the Achieve OER Rubrics. Washington hosts the OER library on its website.
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