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K-8 Instructional Materials Available for Public Comment

K-8 Instructional Materials Available for Public Comment

K-8 Instructional Materials Available for Public Comment

 K-8 Reading/Language Arts–English-Language Development Instructional Materials Available for Public Review in the UCR Rivera Library

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced that the instructional materials submitted for the 2008 Reading/Language Arts–English-Language Development (RLA/ELD) adoption for kindergarten through grade eight are now available for public review and comment in locations throughout California.  For the County of Riverside, the instructional materials under consideration are available to the public for review at The University of California Riverside’s Rivera Library in the Learning Resources Display Center, hosted by the University for the County.  The complete list of recommended materials is attached.

The comment period began immediately after the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission released the list of instructional materials it recommended for adoption to the State Board of Education October 1, 2008. Office hours for UCR’s LRDC are 2-7 PM Monday – Thursday and 1-5 PM Fridays and Saturdays.  For appointments outside of these hours or additional assistance, please call 951-827-3715.

“The public must have a role in reviewing these materials so they may share their thoughts on providing students with the best reading/language arts textbooks that will guide what our children learn in school,” said O’Connell. “I encourage parents and all interested parties to participate in this process. Their comments will then form the new adoption list for the State Board of Education to consider.”

In all, 35 programs submitted by 15 publishers were reviewed. The programs are designed to provide support for all of California’s students, including those who excel, as well as those who are struggling.

Publishers submitted programs in five categories: basic, basic with English language development, basic in a primary language, intervention, and intervention for English learners. Three publishers submitted programs in Spanish for the basic primary language category designed to be used as primary language programs and provide materials to transition students to English. The intervention programs are designed to provide accelerated support for students reading two or more levels below grade level. More than 200 classroom teachers, administrators, and experts in language arts instruction and English Language Development reviewed the programs.

The instructional materials submitted for adoption have been on display since late May at 21 Learning Resources Display Centers located throughout California. Teachers and the public may view the materials and submit written comments on forms available at the Centers. For locations of all the Centers, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/126035.

The State Board of Education adopts instructional materials for grades K-8 and is scheduled to take action on November 5-6, 2008. Comments must be received by October 31, 2008, to be considered by the Board. Teachers and the public may also mail comments to: Tom Adams, Director, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division, California Department of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 3207, Sacramento, California 95814-5901. Comments may be sent by e-mail to read@cde.ca.gov or by fax to 916-319-0172. Comments and concerns may also be presented at a public hearing of the Board on November 5-6, 2008, with or without a completed public comment form. The public hearing will mark the end of the review for the instructional materials submitted for the 2008 RLA/ELD Primary Adoption grades K-8.   

Related Links

UCR’s Learning Resource Display Center

2008 RLA-ELD Curriculum Commission Recommendations 

 

For more information contact:

Christina Cicchetti (cicchett@ucr.edu), Education Librarian



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