The State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission is responsible for recommending an official list of textbooks and instructional materials to the Tennessee State Board of Education (SBE) for approval. Once the SBE has approved a list of textbooks and instructional materials, it is the responsibility of local boards of education to decide which textbooks and instructional materials to use in their districts.
The department administers and coordinates the bidding, reviewing, listing, adoption and approval process for textbooks and instructional materials used by Tennessee schools. The department also implements the rules, policies and procedures established by the Tennessee Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission regarding textbooks and instructional materials.
Official List of Textbooks and Instructional Materials
A listing of approved textbooks and instructional materials by content area is available from the Tennessee Book Company. A "quick list" of approved mathematics instructional materials is available here.
Textbook Adoption Cycles & Timeline
- New Tennessee Textbook Adoption Cycle - 9/18/15
- Expired Tennessee Textbook Adoption Cycles
- Math Textbook Adoption Schedule 2013-15
- Section A Textbook Adoption Calendar 2015-16
- Section B Textbook Adoption Calendar 2016-17
Upcoming Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission Meetings & Meeting Workshops
Overview of the Adoption Process
Textbooks and instructional materials for each subject area are reviewed and approved on a six year cycle. Download an outline of approximate dates for each stage of the adoption process.
Learn more about the Textbook Adoption Process.