State-Level Textbook and Instructional Material Review Process


Rebecca Morales, M. Ed
Director of Instructional Materials and Library Media
(405) 521-3456

Each year, the state provides schools with State Textbook Allocations to purchase instructional materials for a range of grade levels and courses. To ensure the instructional materials are high-quality and to take advantage of economies of scale, the Oklahoma State Textbook Committee in coordination with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, conducts an evaluation of instructional materials. Approved materials demonstrate alignment to certain academic criteria and are placed under a statewide purchasing contract to ensure districts can easily purchase those materials at the best price. All approved titles can be found here. The current instructional material subject cycle can be found here

In 2020, HB 3466 (amending 70 O.S. § 16) was passed making changes to the State Textbook Committee structure and review process to strengthen the quality of state-level instructional materials reviews. The new process requires a three-tiered system of evaluation is conducted with the assistance of a review committee composed of subject area experts. 

State Textbook and Instructional Materials Review Process

Beginning in 2021-2022, the OSDE, in coordination with the State Textbook Committee, will select a team of subject matter experts through an application process, to conduct a comprehensive review of instructional materials submitted through the state-level bidding process. Subject matter experts will be selected through an application process and will utilize a subject-specific rubric to evaluate submitted textbooks and instructional materials. Subject-specific rubrics will contain a three-tiered rating system with the following labels:

  • Exemplifies Quality
  • Approaching Quality 
  • Not Representing Quality

Evaluations completed by subject matter experts will be submitted to the State Textbook Committee with recommended ratings. The State Textbook Committee will consider the recommended ratings and have the opportunity to ask for further justification from the review committee prior to adopting a final rating for each textbook or instructional material and including it on the approved textbook list. Completed rubrics for each evaluated textbook or instructional material, including the review team's recommendations, will be made publicly available.

To learn more about the application process for subject matter experts, visit Applications for the 2021-22 Review Teams for PK-5 English Language Arts, PK-12 Computer Science, and PK-12 Technology Education are due April 30, 2021. 

State Textbook Committee Subject Cycle Review Timeline

In 2021-22, the subject cycle review will include PK-5 ELA, PK-12 Computer Science, and PK-12 Technology Education. The timeline for the 2021-22 subject cycle review is provided below:

  • April 2021: Content review team applications open
  • June - October 2021: Content review teams conduct textbook and instructional material evaluations
  • November 2021: State Textbook Committee votes to approve textbook and instructional material ratings and approved list
  • January 2022: Textbook Caravan
  • February - April 2022: District-level evaluations of textbook and instructional materials 
  • July 2022: State Textbook allocations available to districts

For more information about the State Textbook Committee, the subject cycle review, and publisher information of currently approved textbooks and instructional materials visit the Oklahoma District Textbook Committee Timeline. 

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Last updated on April 15, 2021