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District Textbook Adoption Information

Overview of Local Textbook Adoption Process

Per state law, local districts are responsible for the adoption of curriculum. The State Textbook Commission seeks to provide local school systems with a broad range of flexibility by including a range of books that meet the content standards on the official list that it recommends to the State Board of Education for approval.

Once the State Board of Education approves the list of textbooks, school districts may choose to adopt a book from the state approved list or apply for a waiver to use a different text.

Local boards of education are expected to select teachers and instructional supervisors in their district to serve on local review committees. These committees review the textbooks on the state approved list and may also review textbooks that are not on the list. Local boards of education may use the reviews completed by these committees to inform which textbooks to adopt. Districts are also encouraged to provide a public review process on proposed textbooks and instructional materials from community members to guide their decision on which textbooks to adopt.

The selection of a textbook is exclusively the responsibility of the local district. Each community has the opportunity to review the content of the books to ensure that the content reflects the values of the local community.

Information and Procedures for District Textbook Adoptions