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Oregon Adopted Instructional Materials (OAIM) Viewing Site: What Adopted Materials Are

A guide to the State of Oregon's Official Viewing Site for Adopted Instructional Materials, including access to the visitor registration form and viewing hours.

Oregon Adopted Instructional Materials (OAIM)

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:  

  • At the beginning of each calendar year, committees of educators meet to discuss and decide on categories (grade levels) and criteria to use for evaluation. These are then submitted to the SBE for approval.
  • Once approved, the ODE invites publishers to submit materials based on the chosen categories and criteria. This step normally takes place in March. Those submitting materials for evaluation are required to document and analyze how their materials conform to the criteria, including how they align with State Content Standards.
  • In mid-late summer, review committees, made up of educators selected by the ODE, meet to review and evaluate submitted materials.
  • In mid-October, the ODE releases official State Adopted Instructional Materials lists, consisting of materials adopted based on ratings given to them during the summer evaluation process.
  • School districts state-wide then use these newly published lists to choose materials from for the upcoming contract year, which begins the following January.

    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 -

    • Sell adopted materials through the Northwest Textbook Depository, at a price no greater than what is charged for the same materials in any other state or territory of the United States.
    • Provide print materials to the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center (NIMAC), according to state and federal law.
    • Make adopted materials available for sale in Oregon at all times, which means currently used materials will not be entered into an out-of-print status.

    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:

    • Purchase from the State Adopted Instructional Materials lists. (OAR 581-022-1640) Purchases from the State Adopted Instructional Materials lists do not need to be reported to the ODE.
    • Apply for a two-year postponement. (OAR 581-022-1650) Postponements must be applied for through the ODE.
    • Notify the ODE of an independent adoption. (OAR 581-022-1622) Independent adoptions must be approved by the local school board and reported to the ODE.

    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: 

    • Oregon Department of Education  
      ODE's site on Oregon Adopted Instructional Materials. Includes information such as: adoption schedules, lists of adopted materials, adoption criteria, review committee comments and more.