Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 6/17/2021 - 5:00 PM
Category: Consent Calendar
Type: Action
Subject: English Language Arts Textbook Resource Adoption (Grades 6-12)
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Goal 2: Instructional Excellence
ACPS will ensure that all students have access to and engagement with high-quality instruction.
Goal 3: Student Accessibility and Support
ACPS will ensure students have equitable access to and engagement with programs and supports that reduce barriers to learning.
Goal 4: Strategic Resource Allocation
ACPS will strategically provide differentiated resources and supports to schools and departments.
Goal 5: Family and Community Engagement
ACPS will ensure that all families and community members feel welcomed, respected, and valued.
Policy: IA - Instructional Goals and Objectives
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable)
File Attachment:
Advanced Placement_Dual Enrollment English Language Arts Evaluation Criteria.pdf
List of Recommended Materials.pdf
English Language Arts Evaluation Criteria.pdf
Instructions for Accessing Online Materials for Review.pdf
Agenda Item Summary: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) adopted the revised Virginia Standards of Learning for English in 2017. In 2018-2019, the VDOE administered the textbook review process for the Board of Education and made recommendations on approval to the board. On March 21, 2019, the Board of Education approved a list of recommended textbooks for K-12 English textbooks. The complete list of approved textbooks is available here. ACPS initiated a local textbook review process in September 2020 to provide needed materials for the 2021-2022 school year and beyond, in accordance with Policy IIAA, Textbook Selection, and Adoption. A Request for Proposal (RFP) process was initiated to allow for the review of materials beyond the VDOE-approved list to provide a more comprehensive selection with the potential to meet the needs of students in ACPS.
Background: Ms. Candace Pannell and Ms. Kimberly Schell led the secondary Textbook Selection Committees (TSC), which included members with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences. Each school principal was invited to select instructional staff members to represent their school. School-based instructional staff members included classroom teachers, English Learner (EL) teachers, instructional coaches, special education teachers, and assistant principals. In addition, instructional specialists from the Offices of Specialized Instruction, English Learners, Talented and Gifted (TAG) Programs, Technology Integration, and Technology Services all participated as members of the committee.
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve the materials recommended by the Textbook Selection Committees (TSC):
- Grades 6-12 - Savvas Learning Company, myPerspectives English Language Arts, Savvas Realize Digital Platform, myPerspectives Plus: Digital Novels, Writing and Research Center, Mackin Novels and Digital Library, NoRedInk Premium Digital
- Advanced Placement (AP) - Cengage Learning Inc., Fast Track to 5 Test Prep, Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound and Sense, Compact Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, Reading for Writers: AP Edition, Mind Tap Digital Platform, Gale College Collection Database, College Board, and Mackin Novels and Digital Library
- Dual Enrollment (DE) - Mackin Novels and Digital Library
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. - Superintendent