Textbooks/Instructional Materials

Published: 5/25/2017 9:53 AM

Selection and Use of Instructional Resources/Materials

School Based Decision Making (SBDM) Councils are charged with adopting policy for the approval of curriculum and any accompanying instructional resources. In addition to or in place of basal* resources, many schools select supplemental resources they feel can effectively be used to support teaching and learning. Kentucky's Model Curriculum Framework (MCF) assists schools and districts in the development and/or revision of curricula, as well as accompanying assessments and professional learning. The MCF serves as a guide to ensure that decisions are based on Kentucky's expectations for effective teaching and learning and includes tools, strategies, and suggested resources for making informed and thoughtful decisions.

KRS 156.445(1) states that "No textbook or program shall be used in any public school in Kentucky as a basal* title unless it has been recommended and listed on the state multiple list by the State Textbook Commission or unless a school and district has met the notification requirements under subsection (2) of this section . . ." which indicates that "a school council, or if none exists, the principal, may notify, through the superintendent, the State Textbook Commission that it plans to adopt a basal textbook or program that is not on the recommended list, by submitting evidence that the title it has chosen meets the selection criteria of the State Textbook Commission, . . . the subject specific criteria of the textbook reviewers . . . and complies with the required publisher specifications."

You can access the specific content area instruments for the review of basal instructional materials here, under "review instruments."

Furthermore, the KDE Digital Learning Team designed the Kentucky Digital Learning Guidelines (see box on the right for a link) as guidance for schools, districts, and digital providers when selecting or creating developmentally appropriate digital learning resources for instruction, as well as online and blended learning courses in Kentucky schools.

Digital learning resources, as well as online and digital learning courses used in Kentucky, must align explicitly to the Kentucky Academic Standards appropriate for each course, be endorsed by a highly qualified content teacher, and follow established Kentucky statutes and regulations for selection and purchase as specified in KRS 156.395-476 and 704 KAR 3:445.

* Basal: one that serves as the primary means of instruction in a content area for a grade level or course

Page Descriptions
Below you will find links and descriptions of the pages in the left hand navigation of the textbook webpages.
This page provides links to the current State Multiple Lists for each subject area.
District Off-List Notification Information
This page provides guidance to schools and districts for the purchase of basal print and digital resources not found on a current State Multiple List.
Sample Purchasing Plan
This page provides a sample Textbook Purchasing Plan for districts to use as a guide.
State Textbook Commission
This page provides meeting dates, meeting minutes, and other information about Kentucky’s State Textbook Commission.
Textbook Adoption Updates
This page provides links to current and past issues of “Textbook Adoption Updates” – a newsletter for district textbook coordinators.
Kathy Mansfield
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Program Standards
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-9850
Fax (502) 564-9848