Superintendent's Memo #305-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

December 10, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Local Adoption of K-12 History & Social Science Textbooks & Instructional Materials

The Constitution of Virginia gives the Virginia Board of Education authority to approve textbooks and instructional materials for use in the public schools of Virginia. To fulfill its duty, in March 2010, the Board of Education adopted K-12 history and social science 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 Virginia Department of Education, as stated in Board of Education regulation 8VAC20-230-20,

Forms to report the K-12 History and Social Science textbooks are attached (Attachment A). Please check the appropriate box for each grade or course and return this form to Beverly Thurston by February 4, 2011, at the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218, or by e-mail at, or by fax at (804) 786-1597.

The Code of Virginia also states that any local school board may use textbooks not approved by the Board of Education, provided the school board selects the books in accordance with the regulations of the Board in 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 (Attachment B).

For more information, please consult the textbook adoption page on the Virginia Department of Education's Web site at or contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator, textbook adoption, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at, or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.



  1. K-12 History and Social Science Local Adoption of Textbooks and Instructional Materials Form (Word)
  2. Local Adoption of Basal Textbooks and Instructional Materials Form, Not on State-Adopted List (Word)