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SETDA researched and interviewed state and district leaders to learn more about the process for selecting quality instructional materials. Visit our Examples webpage to learn more about the review process for the selection of instructional materials for select states and districts.

State Content Areas Team Selection Review Process Tools Platform
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.
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.
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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