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Instructional Quality Commission

Information about the Instructional Quality Commission, formerly known as the Curriculum Development & Supplemental Materials Commission.

The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC or Commission), formerly known as the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, was established in 1927 as an advisory body to the State Board of Education (SBE).

Education Code Section 60204 (amended 2009) defines the duties of the IQC. The IQC is responsible for advising the SBE on matters related to curriculum and instruction. The IQC (1) develops and recommends curriculum frameworks; (2) develops and recommends criteria for evaluating instructional materials submitted for adoption; (3) evaluates instructional materials that have been submitted by publishers and makes recommendations to adopt or reject each submission; (4) recommends policies and activities to the SBE, California Department of Education, and local education agencies regarding curriculum and instruction; (5) advises and makes recommendations to the SBE on implementing the state’s academic content standards; and (6) advises the SBE on professional development, pupil assessments, and academic accountability systems alignments to the standards.

Commission Composition

The IQC consists of 18 members as defined in Education Code Section 33530 (amended 1989).

  • Thirteen members appointed by the State Board of Education
  • One member appointed by the Governor
  • One member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly
  • One member appointed by the Senate Rules Committee
  • One State Senator
  • One State Assemblymember

This same section of the Education Code sets out specific criteria for the SBE to follow in making appointments.

  • At least seven should be recognized authorities in specific subject matter fields.
  • At least seven should be current K–12 classroom teachers, mentor teachers, or both.

Term of Office

Legislative members appointed to the IQC shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing body. Public members shall serve a four-year term and shall not be eligible to serve more than one full term. Prior service on the IQC for a term of less than three years resulting from an initial appointment or an appointment for the remainder of an unexpired term shall not be counted as a full term.

2017 Members and Committees



The IQC holds a minimum of four two-day meetings a year with additional subcommittee meetings. Some members may also attend meetings of other official and related organizations as liaisons. All proceedings of the IQC are governed by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Government Code Sections 11120–11132) and are conducted openly so that the public may be fully informed.

Prior Years: Meeting Notices, Agenda, Minutes and Goals


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Last Reviewed: Monday, April 17, 2017
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