The State Board of Education has adopted new K-8 mathematics instructional materials. Listed below are a few frequently asked questions regarding this adoption along with links to related CDE resource and information on the support that SDCOE can offer, should districts choose to begin the adoption process.
The Adoption Process
The San Diego County
Office of Education is prepared to assist districts that wish to adopt
new materials with the following services, each of which is explained
- Support with the adoption process itself: The Mathematics Curriculum Evaluation Toolkit and related professional development
- An opportunity to interact with vendors: Mathematics K-12 Instructional Materials Fair
- An opportunity to review materials: The Learning Resources Display Center (LRDC)
Local FAQ's Regarding Adoption
1. When should a district consider adopting mathematics materials?
Once districts have created their Common Core implementation plan, a standards assessment of current materials should be done. There are three approaches a district can take to address identified weaknesses: 1) create supplemental materials, 2) purchase supplemental materials, or 3) purchase new core instructional materials. Each district will need to identify which approach best addresses their needs. If the district decides to purchase new materials, it is highly recommended that they use the Mathematics Curriculum Evaluation Toolkit to guide their process. Districts wanting to use the funds identified by Governor Brown as Common Core State Standards Implementation Funds must encumber that money by June 30, 2015.
2. Are districts required to purchase new materials within a particular timeframe?
The requirement that instructional materials be purchased within 24 months of SBE adoption (for kindergarten through grade eight) or local governing board action (for grades nine through twelve) has been suspended by the legislature until July 1, 2015. It is not clear what will happen after that date. The original "24 month rule" requirement (EC Section 60422) became inoperative on July 1, 2013, and was repealed on January 1, 2014. Note, however, that the laws requiring sufficiency of instructional materials for all students remain in full effect. Ed Code section 60119, aka Williams, allows for materials for mathematics and ELA to be aligned to either the CA CCSS or the previous 1997 standards. The 2013 SBE approved Supplemental Instructional Materials are designed to bridge the 1997 standards aligned materials only. Older materials would be considered non-compliant, so districts should consider adopting all new materials.
3. What programs were adopted?
Programs adopted by State Board of Education on January 15, 2014 are organized by the three program types: Basic Grade-Level, Algebra 1, and Mathematics 1.
4. Do we have to purchase from the SBE adopted list?
No. New for 2013, EC Section 60210 was added via AB 1246 (Brownley). It states the following: "(a) Notwithstanding any other law, a local educational agency may use instructional materials that are aligned with the academic content standards adopted pursuant to Section 60605 or 60605.8, including instructional materials that have not been adopted by the state board pursuant to Section 60200.
For more information, see the California Department of Education's Instructional Materials Frequently Asked Questions and Common Core State Standards Frequently Asked Questions.
Mathematics Curriculum Evaluation Toolkit
What is the toolkit?
How will the toolkit assist the adoption committee to make an informed choice?
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics do not alone raise achievement; this done by a skilled educator with appropriate curriculum.
The toolkit document is meant to be a tool that guides and facilitates the process teams of educators will use to evaluate materials designed to teach, explain and demonstrate the Common Core. This document is based on the information found in the 2013 Math Framework.
The toolkit document is designed to prompt the user to look for various areas of content within each set of publisher materials. Focus, Coherence and Rigor are the foundation of each toolkit section. The Standards for Mathematical Practice will surround the work we do, while the content standards are the core. Another helpful resource is the K-8 Publisher Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Why is the toolkit important?
Following a formal adoption process is important for any school or district. The curriculum materials for mathematics instruction are teachers main source of content background and what teachers use on a daily basis to plan and deliver instruction. Therefore, the investment in curriculum materials is crucial to teacher and student success in mathematics. In addition, textbook adoptions opportunities are infrequent and only happen typically with a new set of standards and when funding is available.
How can I access the toolkit?
All 31 SBE-adopted mathematics programs (including digital materials) are available to preview in the LRDC. Districts are encouraged to schedule an appointment to preview materials by contacting Oscar Ramirez at 619-718-498.
Resources from CDE
The California Department of Education provides an introduction, guidelines, and other resources to inform instructional materials adoptions. To review this material, click on the CDE link.
Adoption Support Contact Information
For questions regarding mathematics materials, contact one of our math team members by phone at 858-569-5418 or via email.