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628 Instructional Materials Selection



Series 600


Policy Title:    Instructional Materials Selection    

Code No.      628


The board recognizes that the selection of instructional materials is a vital component of the school district's curriculum.  


The board has sole discretion to approve instructional materials for the school district.  The board delegates its authority to determine which instructional materials will be utilized and purchased by the school district to licensed employees.  The licensed employees will work closely together to ensure vertical and horizontal articulation of textbooks in the education program.


The board may appoint an ad hoc committee for the selection of instructional materials.  The committee may be composed of school district employees, parents, students, community members or representatives of community groups.


In reviewing current instructional materials for continued use and in selecting additional instructional materials, the licensed employees will consider the current and future needs of the school district as well as the changes and the trends in education and society.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent and/or designee to report to the board the action taken by the licensed employees.


In making their recommendations to the superintendent and/or designee, the licensed employees will select materials which:

  • support the educational philosophy, goals and objectives of the school district

  • consider the age, emotional development, ability level, and social development of students for whom the materials are selected

  • are within the school district's budget

  • foster respect and appreciation for cultural diversity and difference of opinion

  • stimulate growth in factual knowledge and literary appreciation

  • encourage students to become decision-makers, to exercise freedom of thought and to make independent judgment through the examination and evaluation of relevant information, evidence, and differing viewpoints

  • portray the variety of careers, roles, and lifestyles open to persons of both genders

  • increase an awareness of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each member of a multicultural society.


In the case of textbooks, the board will make the final decision after a recommendation from the superintendent and/or designee.  The criteria stated above for selection of instructional materials will also apply to the selection of textbooks.  The superintendent and/or designee may appoint licensed employees to assist in the selection of textbooks.


Gifts of instructional materials must meet these criteria stated above for the selection of instructional materials.  The gift must be received in compliance with board policy.  


Date of Adoption/Revision:

June 2008    

July 2011      

October 2011 

September 2017


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