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November 24, 1999

TO: The Administrator Addressed

SUBJECT: Conforming and Nonconforming Textbooks

Enclosed are lists of conforming and nonconforming instructional materials adopted by the State Board of Education on November 5, 1999. The board adopted instructional materials in the following subject areas:

English Language Arts-Reading, Kindergarten -Grade 1
Reading, Grades 2 - 3
Spanish Language Arts-Reading, Kindergarten - Grade 1
Spanish Reading, Grades 2 - 3
Science (English and Spanish), Grades 1-5
Literature, Grades 9-12

The State Board of Education adopted instructional materials based upon all information compiled during the evaluation process - original evaluations and recommendations by state textbook review panel members; documentation provided by the publishers to indicate coverage of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in original submissions; evaluations of new content submitted after the preliminary report; and results of show-cause hearings.

Conforming Instructional Materials. These instructional materials were determined to address 100% of the TEKS included in Proclamation 1997 for the subject areas and grade levels for which they were adopted.

Nonconforming Instructional Materials. These instructional materials were determined to meet at least half, but not all, of the TEKS included in Proclamation 1997 for the subject areas and grade levels for which they were adopted. Enclosed is a list of TEKS that have been identified as not addressed.

School districts should consider the following information as textbook selections are made.

  • Historically, adopted textbooks have addressed the majority of curriculum requirements in the student edition. However, under new law and board rule, a publisher has the flexibility to address curriculum requirements (or TEKS) in any component that is part of a program submitted for consideration. Therefore, school districts should be aware that TEKS may be addressed in components of a program that are not traditionally considered student materials.
  • School district personnel are strongly encouraged to consider instructional materials from the conforming and nonconforming lists of adopted materials. TEKS coverage in nonconforming instructional materials can range from 50% to 99% and some of the materials could have very strong coverage of TEKS that you feel are particularly important to your district.
  • The financial commitment on the part of the state is identical for conforming and nonconforming instructional materials. The state will spend up to the maximum cost established in Proclamation 1997 for instructional materials in either category. The prices for each adopted program are enclosed. Please note that some materials do require a financial commitment on the part of school districts.
  • The State Board of Education took action during their November meeting to allow publishers of conforming Grade 1 English Language Arts-Reading programs to make modifications to their programs in order to meet a minimum average of 80% decodability. The publishers of all five conforming programs have expressed their intent to modify their programs to increase the percentage of decodable text. More information will be available on TEA's website following the January 2000 State Board of Education meeting.

Two additional documents are enclosed. You will find a list of ancillary materials to be provided to school districts at no charge to accompany instructional materials adopted in 1999 and a list of publishers participating in the 1999 adoption. In accordance with statute and rules, publishers are to provide information to school districts that fully describes the adopted materials by January 3, 2000. School districts are required to contact publishers directly to request samples.

If you have questions regarding the enclosed materials or the state adoption process, please contact Textbook Administration at (512) 463-9601.

Robert H. Leos
Senior Director
Textbook Administration

Enclosures: List of Conforming Instructional Materials
List of Nonconforming Instructional Materials
List of TEKS Not Addressed in Nonconforming Instructional Materials
List of Prices of Adopted Instructional Materials
List of Ancillary Materials to be Provided to School Districts at No Charge
List of Publishers Participating in the 1999 Adoption

The enclosures for this letter can be found on the Textbook Administration Webpage at   A Microsoft Word version of this letter is also available for download. 

For further information on this topic, contact Textbook Administration at (512) 463-9601.


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