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Instructional materials

SB 6 defines “instructional material” as content that conveys the essential knowledge and skills of a subject in the public school curriculum through a medium or a combination of media for conveying information to a student including:

  • A book
  • A combination of a book, workbook, and supplementary materials
  • Computer software
  • Magnetic media
  • DVD, CD-ROM
  • Computer courseware
  • Online services or an electronic medium or,
  • Other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means including open-source instructional materials



School districts can choose instructional materials from the following:

  • Adopted by the State Board of Education
  • Materials adopted or purchased by the commissioner
  • Open-source instructional materials, and
  • Instructional materials developed or purchased by the school district.



A school district may use the IMA in the following ways:

  • Purchase Instructional Materials
  • Pay for the training of teachers in the use of technology:
    • Contracted services
    • Salaries (payroll) for a FTE
  • Pay for the technical support of equipment thats use is directly related to student learning:
    • Contracted services
    • Salaries (payroll) for a FTE
  • Technological equipment for instructional use

IMA
Taken from July TETN Training

Property of the district

Instructional materials are considered the property of the district and not the state. A district may sell or dispose of instructional materials that are out-of-adoption. Instructional materials may be disposed of (but not sold) that are still in adoption however, the district must notify the Commissioner of Education when the district disposes of adopted instructional materials.


Priority funding

SB 6 prioritizes the use of the funds in the Instructional Materials Allotment. A district shall use the allotment to purchase in the following order:
  • Instructional materials necessary to permit the district to certify that the district has instructional materials to cover all elements of the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum (other than physical education) for each grade level
  • Any instructional materials or technological equipment as determined by the district

For the 2011-2013 biennium only, districts need to ensure that they have instructional materials that cover all the TEKS for any subject that is being tested. This has been determined as the highest priority.

 

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