Instructional materials used in California public schools must comply
with Education Code sections 60040-60045 and 60048 as
well as the SBE guidelines in Standards
for Evaluating Instructional Materials for Social Content (DOC) 2013 Edition, replacing the Standards
for Evaluating Instructional Materials for Social Content (PDF) 2010 Edition.
These statutes and Board policies have been enacted so that instructional materials used in California:
- Portray accurately and equitably the cultural and racial diversity of American society;
- Demonstrate the contribution of minority groups and males and females to the development of California and the United States;
- Emphasize people in varied, positive, and contributing roles in order to influence students' school experiences constructively; and
- Do not contain inappropriate references to commercial brand
names, products, and corporate or company logos.
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Although these instructional materials are not adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE), they have met the social content standards.