ERIC Number: ED313661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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A Model for Basal Reader Adoption.
Ross, Elinor P.
The process of evaluating and selecting basal readers has long been a primary concern for educators. Educators directly involved with textbook adoptions have expressed several concerns, including: time pressures on evaluators; lack of training for evaluators; concerns related to publishers; and correlations with state or district curriculum. Tennessee's plan for evaluating textbooks was developed by the State Textbook Commission, along with the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education. The model consists of the following steps: (1) selection of basal reader evaluators; (2) approval and release of "Invitation to Bid"; (3) development of evaluation plan; (4) orientation and training for evaluators; (5) independent evaluation of books by reviewers; (6) evaluator debriefing and committee reports; (7) hearings of State Textbook Commission; and (8) adoptions at the local level. A follow-up survey indicated that both reviewers and publishers were pleased with the process. The communication which occurred between publishers' representatives and reviewers during the display session could hold much promise for the ultimate improvement of basal readers. (One diagram showing the Model for Basal Reader Adoption Initial Planning Sessions is included, and 15 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee