COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 10

October 29, 2004

 

REGULATORY


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Local Adoption of K-12 Science and K-5 Reading Textbooks and Instructional Materials

 

The Constitution of Virginia gives the Virginia Board of Education authority to adopt textbooks and instructional materials for use in the public schools of Virginia. To fulfill its duty, this year the board adopted science and K-5 reading textbooks and instructional materials. Many local school boards have now selected materials to meet local needs from these lists of adopted materials.

 

Following the announcement of the adoption lists and a period of up to seven months in which localities may examine and select materials from the list, the local adoptions must be reported to the Department of Education, as stated in the Code of Virginia, 8VAC20-230-20, http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+reg+8VAC20-230-20.

 

Forms to report the science and K-5 reading textbooks and instructional materials adoptions are attached. Please check the appropriate box for each grade or course and return this form to Beverly Thurston by December 15, 2004.

 

The Code of Virginia also states that any local school board may use textbooks not approved by the board, provided the school board selects the books in accordance with the regulations put forth by the Board of Education in 8VAC20-230-30, http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+reg+8VAC20-230-30. School divisions must report textbooks and instructional materials they have adopted that are not approved by the Board of Education. A form to report these materials is also attached.

 

For more information, please consult the textbook adoption page on the department website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/mat_review_main.html or contact Beverly Thurston (bthursto@pen.k12.va.us), coordinator, textbook adoption, Office of Middle Instructional Services, at (804) 225-2893.

 

JLD/BMT/yba

 

Attachments

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2004/reg010a.doc

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2004/reg010b.doc

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2004/reg010c.doc