Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Textbooks Available For Review In Cookeville

New Mathematics textbooks proposed for use in the public schools are now on display in Cookeville. Citizens interested in reviewing the textbooks being considered for use beginning with the 2011-2012 school year should contact Dr. Carl Owens in the Learning Resource Center at Tennessee Tech. Parents, family members, educators and the general public are encouraged to visit the textbook site at Bartoo Hall Room 204 on the Tech campus to participate in the review process.

“It is very important for the public to have access to the textbooks under consideration," Morgan Branch, Director of Textbook Services, said. “Our goal is to provide a wide variety of materials that enrich and support the curriculum and to address the varied interests, abilities and learning styles of students.”

In addition to citizen input, a state review committee of 25 public school teachers is assisting the Tennessee Textbook Commission members with their evaluation of the textbooks. Commission members can also use the professional expertise of teachers in their local school systems. The state committee will meet September 9, 2010. Following, a workshop will be held for textbook publishers to respond to the reviews of their books and to answer questions from a representative panel of the reviewers and from commission members. Textbook commission members will vote October 4, 2010 on the new editions to recommend to the State Board of Education for the 2010 Official List of Textbooks. State Board of Education members make the final decision for the official list. Local school systems can then adopt textbooks from the official state textbook list for a six-year period.

Public comments should be sent to Morgan Branch, Director of Textbook Services, Tennessee Department of Education, 5th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0379 by August 31, 2010. Citizens with questions about the process may also call Morgan Branch at 615-253-3160.