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Instructional Materials

Last updated: March 1, 2011

Instructional Materials Adoptions Cancelled by Governor; No New Materials Until 2013

To deal with the state's burgeoning budget deficit, Governor Schwarzenegger has given maximum flexibiilty to school districts in the use of state education funds. Funds that had previously been earmarked to purchaase instructional materials may now be used for any general education purpose. The governor has, therefore, suspended all textbook adoptions until 2013, at which time it is expected that language arts and math materials will be adopted. The governor also cut funding for the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission (the Curriculum Commission) which oversees the materials adoption process. It is anticipated that work on the revised science framework could be restarted in 2013, with new science materials to be adopted in 2017. See story for more details, and check back for any updates.

 

2006 Primary Adoption of Science Instructional Materials

In 2006, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved the list of K-8 science instructional materials that districts are allowed to purchase using state funds until the next primary adoption in 2012.

The following programs were adopted by the state:

K-5/K-6:

  • Delta Education: Full Option Science System (FOSS) (K-5)
  • Harcourt School Publishers: California Science (K-6)
  • Houghton Mifflin: Houghton Mifflin California Science 2007 (K-6)
  • Macmillan/McGraw-Hill: Macmillan/McGraw-Hill California Science (K-6)
  • Pearson Scott Foresman: Scott Foresman California Science (K-6)

6-8:

  • CPO Science: Focus on Earth Science (6), Life Science (7), Physical Science (8)
  • Glencoe: Glencoe Science Focus On Series (6,7,8)
  • Holt, Rinehart & Winston: Holt California Science: Earth Science (6), Life Science (7), Physical Science (8)
  • It's About Time: Investigating Earth Systems (6); InterActions in Physical Science (8)
  • McDougal Littell: McDougal Littell California Middle School Science Series: Focus on Earth Sciences (6), Life Sciences (7), Physical Sciences (8)
  • Pearson Prentice Hall: Prentice Hall California Science Explorer: Focus on Earth Science (6), Life, Science (7), Physical Science (8)
Link to instructional materials price lists.

Adoption Overview