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Request For Reviewers to Evaluate Math Materials

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

January 24, 2013

 

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Interested Individuals and Organizations:

REQUEST FOR REVIEWERS TO EVALUATE KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE EIGHT INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS IN MATHEMATICS

I am requesting your assistance to recruit individuals to participate in the evaluation of instructional materials for the 2014 Mathematics Primary Adoption for kindergarten through grade eight (K–8). This adoption is based on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics with California Additions and the Criteria for Evaluating Mathematics Instructional Materials for Kindergarten Through Grade Eight that were adopted by the State Board of Education on January 16, 2013.

We are currently accepting applications for the following types of reviewers:

  • Content Review Experts (CREs): These reviewers are recognized content experts that have a doctorate degree in mathematics or a related subject matter field (e.g., physics, engineering, or statistics) and often are university or college professors. CREs focus on mathematical content accuracy and alignment with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

  • Instructional Materials Reviewers (IMRs): These reviewers are mostly classroom teachers in kindergarten through grade twelve and compose a majority of the review panels. Other reviewers are chosen to bring a balanced perspective to the review and may include a broad spectrum of individuals such as school administrators, parents and guardians, school board members, and those whose employment or other interests include mathematics.

In addition to ensuring that K–8 instructional materials have been carefully and thoroughly evaluated against the standards and criteria adopted by the State Board of Education, reviewers gain a deep understanding of the adoption process and the academic content of several programs. This professional development experience benefits both the participant and his or her school district or organization.

The online application and additional information can be found on the California Department of Education Instructional Materials Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ma/im/. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is April 18, 2013. Please distribute the application link to any and all qualified candidates in your schools or organizations who might be interested in serving on these panels.

I encourage you to help us recruit qualified applicants for these important panels. If you have any questions, please contact Dmitriy Voloshin, Lead Consultant for the 2014 Mathematics Adoption, Curriculum Frameworks Unit, by phone at 916-319-0449 or by e-mail at dvoloshin@cde.ca.gov [Note: the preceding information is no longer current. Please contact the Curriculum Frameworks Unit by phone at 916-319-0881].

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation in disseminating this information.

Sincerely,

TOM TORLAKSON

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