Agenda Plus
School Board of Clay County
January 4, 2018 - Regular School Board Meeting
C8 - Permission to Publish an Advertisement for K-12 Science Textbook Adoption

The Pre-Adoption Selection Committee was comprised of a teacher representative from each of the 41  campuses and  in each content/grade band. The committees met on Oct 20th-(K-2), Oct 23rd-(Grades 3-8), Oct 25th-(Biology), Oct 26th- (Grades 9-12). The committee thoroughly reviewed all available curriculum options from the state adoption list. The teams worked to apply rigorous alignment criteria using evaluation tools provided by the Instructional Resources Department and the Science Curriculum Specialists to each selection to determine the top two products that would best meet the needs of the students of Clay County.

The top two products selected for each grade/subject were then posted on the Instructional Resources page of the District’s website. The public was encouraged to view the products and there were corresponding surveys posted for them to complete and express their individual comments and/or concerns about each one. In addition to the website surveys, the Instructional Resources Team sent a survey to each teacher of a grade/subject being considered in this adoption.  This helped gather additional input from stakeholders and identified the products they believed would best serve our students’ science needs. 

In order to finalize the vetting process and produce a final vote, the science teachers all selected their top choice to meet the needs of their students. In an effort to be as transparent as possible, the surveys provided detailed information of each product being considered.  Votes were due to the Instructional Resources Office by Nov 8, 2017 in order to comply with the 30-day window and to ensure an expedited delivery of materials to campuses.  

In order to get feedback from community stakeholders, three community nights were held on Monday, November 6th at Oakleaf High School; Tuesday, November 7th at Keystone Heights; and Monday, November 13th at Fleming High School. The textbook options were displayed for all parents and stakeholders to review, discuss content concerns with the specialists, address adoption concerns with the IR team, and provide feedback.


Gap Analysis

Instructional materials for Science were last up for adoption in 2012. The District purchased only 3-8 materials, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. K-2 was last purchased in 2002, and Anatomy and Physiology was last purchased in 2006. K-12 Science Core Curricula data determined that materials were needed that were more closely aligned to current standards of study. The instructional materials that have been selected will provide the teachers of Clay County with high quality materials that they feel will best serve the students of our county.


Previous Outcomes

K-12 Science is currently up for adoption 2017-2018. Statute requires a district to adopt within two years and to fully purchase within three years. F.S. 1006.283  Requires a public hearing to be posted in a publication 20 calendar days prior to the event in order for the public to be made fully aware of the District’s intentions.


Expected Outcomes

This proposed adoption would provide the teachers of Clay County current, quality and better aligned materials to enable them the ability to deliver and plan engaging lessons, and provide students with the resources to maximize learning and increase student outcomes in science.


Strategic Plan Goal

Improve the instructional framework, processes, and structures that enrich student achievement.



Instructional Resources is asking the Clay County School Board to approve the publishing of an advertisement in the Clay Today, informing the public of a hearing on the newly vetted Science textbooks. A Textbook Adoption Committee of certified teachers met to vet the options for all courses being considered.  The committee members consisted of one representative from each school in each subject area and/or grade level in the Clay County School District. The review process was conducted and guided using comprehensive rubric that aligned curricula to materials, a review of the NGSSS for Science found on CPALMS,  and was verified via a state approved feedback form that the committee used to report their findings.  In accordance with the Florida State Statute 1006.283, the CCSB is required to give prior notice of newly selected curriculum.


Dr. Terri Stahlman, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction; 904-336-6905;; Dr. Sandra Rocquin
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