SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 4
February 9, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Department of Education is initiating the 1996 statewide evaluation process for 9-12 English and K-12 history and social science textbooks. All textbooks submitted for evaluation will be placed on the state contracted list. The Department of Education will not publish a recommended list of textbooks. School divisions will be encouraged to select textbooks showing a high degree of correlation to the revised Standards of Learning. By September 1996, local superintendents should receive a list of textbooks submitted for evaluation and textbook coordinators should receive detailed evaluation profiles on each book or series specifying the degree of correlation to the revised Standards of Learning. We appreciate your previous support with science and K-5 English. We ask that you assist us again by nominating evaluators for textbooks that support the teaching and learning of 9-12 English and K-12 history and social science. A separate form is enclosed for you to make recommendations for evaluation committees from the personnel in your division to include classroom teachers, administrators, and supervisors. Space is provided for recommendations for persons representing several special populations which the Board of Education wishes to include on evaluation committees. We would appreciate your responding accordingly by March 1, 1996. To assure the selection of evaluators who wish to serve, we request that you duplicate and distribute the response form enclosed (Attachment II) to each recommended evaluator. We will select statewide committee members from response forms which have been returned to the Department of Education by persons who are willing to serve as textbook evaluators. Superintendents will be notified regarding final selections for committee memberships. SUPTS MEMO NO. 4 Februray 9, 1996 Page 2 Textbooks will be mailed to evaluators on June 1, 1996. Evaluators will examine textbooks at home sites. The Department of Education will convene a three-day evaluation workshop on July 9 - 11, 1996, in Richmond, where evaluators will screen textbooks to validate correlations to the revised Standards of Learning. All travel, lodging, and food expenses for evaluators will be paid by the Department of Education. In addition, a contract fee of $200.00 will be paid to evaluators who are not under contract to school divisions in July. Your help and cooperation will be appreciated in this important task. Personnel trained to evaluate textbooks will be of assistance with the adoption process at the local level. If additional information is needed, please contact Jane Koontz at (804) 225-3129 or VA.PEN at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at (804)371-2455. WCBJr/jk Attachments: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the Superintendent's office.