Adoption policies

Normally California adopts textbooks statewide at the elementary levels. This normal state instructional materials adoption cycle has been disrupted through the passage of recent legislation, Assembly Bill X4 2 (Chapter 2, Statutes of 2009-10 Fourth Extraordinary Session) signed on July 28, 2009. This has caused the suspension of the process and procedures for adopting instructional materials, including framework revisions, until the 2013-14 school year. Senate Bill 70 (Chapter 7 of the Statutes of 2011) extended that suspension until the 2015-16 school year. For more information: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/imagen.asp.

California school districts may use categorical instructional materials funds to purchase adopted programs. They may use other, unrestricted funds, to purchase non-adopted materials. Current law requires that districts purchase from the most recent adoption within 24 months. However that law will sunset in July of 2013. California school districts may use categorical instructional materials funds to purchase adopted programs. They may use other, unrestricted funds, to purchase non-adopted materials. Current law requires that districts purchase from the most recent adoption within 24 months. California adopts the following types of programs:

  1. Basic
  2. Basic with ELD
  3. Primary Language with ELD
  4. Intervention
  5. Intervention for English learners

However that law will sunset in July of 2013. Local school boards select secondary level textbooks.

Adoption cycle

For information about the adoption cycle: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/imagen.asp.

Device requirements

The state provides guidance for device requirements only for special populations.

For more information: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/pn/sm/.

Purchasing incentives

The state does not provide any guidelines/recommendations that encourage LEAs to purchase digital content with state or federal dollars set aside for textbooks.

State funding

State funds available to support the purchase of instructional materials

Vetting process

The vetting process is the same as for print.

Content creation support for teachers

Teacher-created digital content is supported by California's Brokers of Expertise Portal. The project also contains online professional development modules for educators on a number of topics and offers training sessions around the state to help educators get connected and form their own online communities of practice in Brokers of Expertise. The contact person for this project is Mr. Jon Knolle - jknolle@bcoe.org. Developed with funding from philanthropic, state funds, and federal funds. Currently funded and supported through statewide projects (CA K-12 HSN) and by specific use cases contracting for additional features, functionalities, content, and special group projects.

For more information: http://myboe.org/portal/default/Content/Viewer/Content?action=2&scId=100003&sciId=972 and http://myboe.org/portal/default/Content/Viewer/Content?action=2&scId=100003&sciId=9084.

Access outside of school

California does not have policies or guidelines as related to provision of digital content for student and/or family use of digital content out of the classroom and/or at home.

Future plans

Digital content is not covered in the current textbook adoption definitions and requirements and is not under consideration.