April 2019 Committee of the Full Board Item 8

Instructional Materials Quality Evaluation Pilot Review

April 3, 2019

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: DISCUSSION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: NO ACTION

SUMMARY:
This item will provide the board with an update on the progress of the Instructional Materials Quality Evaluation (IMQE) Pilot.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.081 and §31.082.

TEC, §31.081 requires the commissioner to develop and maintain a web portal to assist school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in selecting instructional materials.

TEC, §31.082 requires the commissioner to contract with a private entity to conduct an independent analysis of each instructional material submitted by a publisher for inclusion in the web portal developed under §31.081.

The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: None

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION:
TEC, §31.081 and §31.082, added by HB 3526 and SB 810, 85th Legislature, 2017, requires the agency to develop and maintain a web portal that includes general information for each material submitted for review, evaluation of the quality of the material and the extent to which it covers the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and a repository of open educational resources, including state-developed materials; create procedures for submitting materials to the web portal; use a competitive process to contract for the development of the portal; and contract with a private entity to conduct an independent analysis of materials submitted for review.

The goal of the IMQE portal is to provide free, transparent, and user-friendly information about the extent to which materials reflect research-based pedagogy and support the learning of all students. The IMQE pilot will mirror, to the extent possible, the process to be used for the official IMQE portal and will provide the agency an opportunity to evaluate procedures and make improvements before the official launch.

PUBLIC BENEFIT AND COST TO PERSONS: School districts and charter schools will have additional information to assist with decisions regarding selection of instructional materials based on local needs.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.

Staff Members Responsible:
Kristen Dobson, Executive Director, Special Projects