ERIC Number: ED254864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Look at Current State-Wide Text Adoption Procedures.
Duke, Charles R.
To determine what procedures and criteria are being used in states with state-wide textbook adoption and to determine what similarities and differences might exist from state to state, state textbook administrators in such states were asked to respond to a 39-item questionnaire and to supply materials that explained their states' procedures and criteria in some detail. An examination of the data revealed several areas of concern, among them that (1) the criteria used for evaluation vary widely and appear not always to relate clearly enough to current instructional practices to be of much value; (2) appropriate training for evaluators in using specific criteria is lacking; (3) the apparent duplication of effort at both state and local levels in evaluating instructional materials raises questions about the efficiency and effectiveness of the process; (4) reviews at the state level do not appear to have much uniformity, and textbook commission members frequently do not do the actual reviewing but pass that task on to friends and colleagues; (5) the translation of evaluators' reviews of text materials into final votes for adoption remains unclear; (6) economic factors seem to be a major influence in states keeping state-wide adoption practices; and (7) no available evidence indicates the optimum time for the reviewing process. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: State Textbook Adoption Policies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (4th, Houston, TX, March 28-30, 1985).