State-selected Textbooks Available for Public Review Through December 4
The state of South Carolina has a standardized adoption process for instructional materials, including textbooks.
The state legislature appropriates money each year for instructional materials. The state’s instructional materials review committee determines which subjects will be up for adoption. The state puts out bids for the subject areas under adoption for that year. Instructional review committees review all bids and create a list of recommended books. The books are available for public review for 30 days.
The materials are currently on display at eight locations through December 4 with instructions for submitting comments available at each site:
- Bob Jones University Mack Library, Bob Jones University, 1700 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville SC 29614
- Clemson University, Tillman Hall, 101 Gantt Circle, Clemson, SC 29634
- Columbia International University Library, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29230-3122
- Converse University, Mickel Library, 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg SC 29302
- Furman University, James B. Duke Library, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613
- Limestone University Library (Hines & Riggins Building), 535 Quarry Drive, Gaffney, SC 29340
- Newberry College, Center for Teacher Education, 1121 Speers Street, Newberry, SC 29108
- Winthrop University, Withers Building, 611 Myrtle Drive, Room 307, Rock Hill, SC 29733
Input can be shared through surveys onsite or through the 2023 Virtual Public Review website.
After the public review, the recommended book lists go to the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education then approves or rejects the recommended books. The state publishes the list of approved books for the districts. Vendors and the State Department of Education host a series of caravans around the state so teachers from around the state can look at the approved materials.
Once the caravans are complete, Greenville County Schools teachers vote on the books and resources the state has provided. The district’s Academics department reviews and selects materials from the pre-approved list of resources from the State Department of Education.
If you have questions about the state’s process for selection instructional materials, please contact the Office of Instructional Materials at 803-832-8210.