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2020 North Carolina Textbook Evaluation and Adoption Process Postponed Indefinitely

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved postponing the 2020 North Carolina textbook evaluation and adoption process indefinitely. The decision was made due to concerns with COVID-19.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction expects to provide a revised tentative schedule in the future. Any updates and revisions will be posted on the textbook adoption web page when available. Questions regarding the postponement should be sent to nctextbooks@dpi.nc.gov.

Information for Publishers

In an adoption year, a call or the Invitation to Submit Textbooks for Evaluation and Adoption in North Carolina goes to publishers to request submission of textbooks/instructional materials for evaluation.

The textbook adoption process from the beginning through the evaluation and adoption phases stress compatibility with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the appropriateness of the materials for the teachers and students who are the end users.

The Textbook Commission convenes to discuss the evaluations of the Textbook Evaluation Advisors and their own evaluations to draft a list of recommendations to present to the State Board of Education.

At a State Board meeting, the Board formally adopts the list of materials, considering the recommendations of the Textbook Commission. The North Carolina State Board of Education provides a complete listing of textbooks and other instructional materials recommended by the North Carolina Textbook Commission for use by local school systems.

After the state adoption, local textbook selection committees begin another round of review and evaluation to determine which materials best suit the needs of their students.

Meeting With Publishers

During an adoption cycle, publishers are invited to meet with NCDPI staff for an informational presentation about the guidelines and procedures for the NC evaluation and adoption process. Submission parameters and important dates are included in the presentation.

A meeting for publishers interested in participating in the 2020 adoption process was held on March 13, 2020 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Meeting with Publishers Agenda

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Meeting with Publishers Presentation

Meeting with Publishers Notes

Textbook Adoption Process Guidelines and Details

2020 Invitation

2020 Invitation

During an adoption year, the Invitation to Submit Textbooks for Evaluation and Adoption in North Carolina goes to publishers to request submission of textbooks/instructional materials for evaluation. Compatibility with the NC Standard Course of Study and the criteria for evaluation of the appropriateness of materials are the focus of textbook evaluations.

2020 Invitation to Submit Textbooks for Evaluation and Adoption in North Carolina Revised

The 2020 Invitation to Submit Textbooks for Evaluation and Adoption in North Carolina initiates the annual evaluation and adoption of textbooks in selected subject categories for use in North Carolina schools. This document, including all attachments, provides an overview of the process for submission, evaluation and adoption of textbooks. Grades 9-12 mathematics and Career and Technical Education areas are currently under consideration for adoption.

The Invitation was revised on March 11, 2020 to reflect a modified meeting format and to include an additional subcommittee meeting and on July 9, 2020 to include additional CTE courses for consideration. The NC Textbook and Evaluation Adoption Process is postponed indefinitely until further notice.

NC Publishers Registry

NC Publishers Registry

Only publishers who are on the NC Publishers Registry may submit textbooks and materials for evaluation.

Publishers wishing to be added to the registry may do so by completing this form.