SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 183
November 22, 1996
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Instructional Materials Review|
The 1996 Instructional Materials Review for basal K-12 History/Social Science and English 9-12 textbooks and electronic instructional media has been completed. All materials submitted for review have been placed on the state instructional materials list. Textbook coordinators in local school divisions have been sent detailed evaluation profiles on each book, series, or electronic media submitted specifying the degree of correlation to the Virginia Standards of Learning. The Department of Education will not publish a recommended list of basal instructional materials; however, divisions are encouraged to select instructional materials showing a high degree of correlation to the Virginia Standards of Learning. The instructional materials list is enclosed showing items that have been submitted by publishers and reviewed by a committee of ninety reviewers representing school divisions, higher education, patrons, and the private sector. These materials will receive state six-year price contracts to become effective July 1, 1997. Also enclosed is a revised schedule for the review of instructional materials. Please note that the review for foreign languages has been moved to 1998. School division textbook coordinators have been notified that six-year price contracts with publishers for foreign language textbooks will remain in effect until July 1, 1999. Questions concerning instructional materials review should be directed to Gordon F. Creasy, Division of Technology, at 804-225-3129. RTL/gc Enclosures: This memo and its enclosures will be sent to the superintendent's office.