What Are Adopted Instructional Materials?
Oregon Adopted Instructional Materials (OAIM) are materials that have been reviewed and evaluated, using specific criteria developed by Oregon educators, and formally adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) for use in school districts state-wide. School districts that purchase materials from State Adopted Instructional Materials lists, which have been approved by the SBE and issued by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), know that the materials they will be using meet state required equity and accessibility criteria, and that are aligned with core academic content standards and essential skills requirements.
Types of Adopted Materials
The SBE may adopt any material that meets the established criteria. Currently the state is adopting basal materials: organized systems of materials that are designed to be major instructional mediums for specific subject areas. Material types within these systems vary greatly in number and type, depending on grade level and subject matter. Some sets of materials consist of student and teacher’s editions textbooks only, some will have the textbooks, along with DVD’s, children’s readers and big books, and other sets, especially in the areas of mathematics and science, may have textbooks, DVD’s, workbooks, electronic aids, and kits filled with various items for conducting hands-on experiments or showing examples of how something works.
The Adoption Process
The SBE adopts instructional materials by subject area, on a seven-year cycle. The review and adoption process, which begins early in the year, is considered the first-year of the cycle. The adopted contract, which begins in January of the following year and expires on June 30, six-years later, concludes the adoption cycle. The adoption process works in the following way:
Publishers who submit materials for consideration are required to pay a fee with their submission. These fees pay for the evaluation and adoption process.
How Districts Benefit from Purchasing Adopted Instructional Materials
The SBE maintains contracts with publishers of formally adopted materials which require them to meet certain conditions for selling their products in Oregon. A few of the stipulations which make adopted materials economical and beneficial are:
For the duration of the six-year contract term, publishers agree to -
Are Districts Required to Purchase Materials from the Adopted Materials Lists?
No, they are not. Districts have three options when it comes to the purchase of instructional materials:
Districts may continue to use instructional materials currently in use for another seven-year cycle by independently adopting them. The adoption or purchase of additional materials may be required in order to meet State Standards and Criteria.
For more information visit the Oregon Department of Education Adopted Textbook Site: