July 29, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Textbook and Instructional Materials Adoption Schedule for History and Social Science, Mathematics, English, and Science

The Virginia Board of Education received a report on the new textbook and instructional materials adoption schedule for history and social science, mathematics, English, and science on July 28, 2016.

The Board of Education's authority for approving textbooks and other instructional materials is prescribed in the Virginia Constitution and in the Code of Virginia.  The Board of Education's Regulations Governing Textbook Adoption specifies the types of materials that may be adopted.

Generally, state textbook adoption in a subject area should be conducted shortly after the standards are revised.  The timeline will synchronize the state textbook adoptions and the Standards of Learning reviews.
Attachment A provides a chart with the adoption timelines for history and social science, mathematics, English, and science.

For further information, please contact Christonya Brown, coordinator for history and social science, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at Christonya.Brown@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.

SRS/CB/vdg

Attachments:

  1. Textbook and Instructional Materials Adoption Schedule (PDF)