Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
10/15/2020 - 5:30 PM  
Category:
ITEMS OF BUSINESS  
Type:
Action  
Subject:
1. Action on Approval of Areas to be Opened for Textbook Study for the 2021-2022 School Year  
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
 
Policy:
Admin Policy 7.26 - Textbooks/Instructional Materials Adoption  
Attachments:
Full Board item  
File Attachment:
Full Board item.pdf
 
Background:
MPS Administrative Policy 7.26 and Administrative Procedure 7.26, Textbooks/Instructional Materials Adoption, provides that as adoptions near expiration, the Administration shall report the subject areas, along with the titles of the textbooks/instructional materials for which adopted textbooks/instructional materials have been in use seven years or more and may be discontinued at the end of the following school year.

In order to provide for inclusion and alignment to the district’s Ambitious Instruction 3.0 plan, general criteria for textbooks/instructional materials evaluation are provided to the textbooks/instructional materials evaluation committees. These criteria include availability of Spanish partner language and high quality materials for use in bilingual classrooms; alignment to the district’s literacy and language-development goals; and alignment to adopted standards and graduation requirements. In addition, each evaluation committee will develop its own specific criteria applicable to the subject area under consideration.

The Administration may also recommend opening any subject areas for adoption study in which no textbook adoption is in effect, but in which an adoption is considered desirable.

Every student has the need for, and right to, textbooks/instructional materials that support learning and achievement. Since 2018, MPS has worked to develop and refine a comprehensive plan to improve student outcomes. The plan has two main elements: Five Priorities for Success, a series of organizational-wide strategies to reinforce key efforts; and a regional development effort to increase the number of high-performing seats throughout the district while creating learning pathways for students and families and also improving the capacity of quality community support activities. The Milwaukee Board of School Directors goals – Student Achievement and School Improvement; Parent and Community Engagement, and Strategic Planning and Budget – guide all district efforts.

The Administration is recommending opening the following subject areas for adoption study during the 2020-21 school year, as these proposed science resources are obsolete for the grade levels and courses indicated:

● Science (Gr. K-8)
● High School Anatomy and Physiology
● High School Biology
● High School Botany
● High School Chemistry
● High School Earth Science
● Advanced Placement Biology
● International Baccalaureate Biology 1 & 2

Due to the significant number of students with print disabilities, MPS needs to ensure that alternative formats (audio, large print, Braille, digital, accessible web-based, site license for electronic access) as well as supplemental intervention resources are available at the time of the adoption of new textbook/instructional materials. Publishers will be requested to provide information about availability of the abovementioned formats.
 
Fiscal Impact Statement:
This item does not authorize expenditures. The estimated cost of implementing the textbook adoption for these areas is $16,435,600.  
Recommendation
The Administration recommends that the Board approve the following areas to be opened for textbook study for texts to be used during the 2021-2022 school year: Science K-8, Anatomy & Physiology, Botany, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, AP Biology, IB Biology I & II.  
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jeremiah Holiday - Interim Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:  
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent