The reviews of programs recommended by the State Textbook Commission for inclusion on the OFFICIAL LIST OF TEXTBOOKS were prepared by committees of classroom teachers and approved by the Commission. The reviews were conducted for the twofold purpose of assisting the Commission in formulating the official list and of assisting local adoption committees in selecting the textbook programs which best meet their local needs.
The curriculum standards approved by the State Board of Education comprise the basis for these reviews. (As stated in section II of each review, the national standards for the various categories are included in the state standards for that category. Therefore, once the correlation to state standards was confirmed, it was not necessary for the reviewers to conduct a separate analysis of programs to confirm the correlation to national standards.) The reviewer orientation included sessions on the standards and on current state and national initiatives for the assessment of student achievement.
Using a standard textbook screening instrument and their professional judgment, the review committees examined each program for its correlation to standards and to effective teaching practices. For each program, the report indicates whether the program is recommended for use as a basal, co-basal or alternative level program. The following definitions describe these selection classifications.
Basal Text - This designation identifies an on-level text adopted by the local school district for use at a particular grade level in a specific subject. Except for the typical supplementation expected for any text, the basal should address all the content for that subject. The basal text is the one that local boards of education are encouraged to adopt and make available for most students.
Co-Basal Text - This designation identifies a text which addresses a significant portion of a course but which also fails to address a significant portion of the course. School systems may adopt a combination of co-basal programs which together address the entire course. Systems might also combine a co-basal program with existing resources in order to address all components of a course. When such combinations are employed, it is the responsibility of the school system to assure that materials sufficient to address all components are provided.
Alternative Level Text - This designation may be used to identify texts adopted by a local school district to address the needs of students not on grade level. Such books are designated as “Alternative Level-Low” or “Alternative Level-High.” These books may be purchased in lieu of the basal text for a limited number of students. Local systems do have the option of adopting a book or series as an alternative level text even though it has not been so designated in the official list.
Technology Dependent – This designation identifies a program at any level which requires technological hardware, software, and/or infrastructure for its implementation. Local school systems adopting these programs are responsible for determining the necessary platforms and infrastructure to support these programs and for providing the technology necessary to deliver instruction.
Traditional – Programs that may use a variety of delivery methods and that are not exclusively dependent on technology.