AUSD adheres to a rigorous review and vetting process to select instructional materials for our students and educators that aligns with the California Department of Education's expectations. When a content area or grade level is on cycle for new materials, the following general steps will occur prior to purchasing:
Vendors/Publishers are invited to do create a presentation and demonstration of their materials and program. This event is open to all staff for initial preview of materials to select.
Staff will be surveyed and ask to identify top 3-4 publishers/programs for consideration.
Based on feedback from surveys, the district will typically create a pilot experience for a group of teachers to sample the identified publishers/programs that allows them to interact and engage with the materials with students to help formulate a final recommendation.
Once the pilot process is completed and teachers make a final decision of program/material selection, the district will host a 30-day "preview of recommended materials" experience. This allows the community, parents and stakeholders to review the recommended materials and share any concerns or comments for the Educational Services department to consider prior to making a final decision.
At the conclusion of the 30-day review period for stakeholders, the Educational Services department will present the materials to the Board of Education for final approval and official adoption.