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California SBE Call For Applications

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

October 14, 2013

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:


I am requesting your assistance in recruiting currently practicing teachers, with teaching experience and expertise in science, to apply for membership on the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), formerly known as the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission. The IQC is an advisory body to the State Board of Education (SBE) and consists of 16 public members, 13 of whom are appointed by the SBE.

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, the California Department of Education (CDE), and local educational agencies regarding curriculum and instruction; and (5) advises and makes recommendations to the SBE on implementing the state’s academic content standards.

The IQC holds four, two-day meetings a year. Additional IQC and Subject Matter Committee meetings may also be scheduled if needed. IQC members might be called upon to make an additional commitment of 10–12 days to participate in the review of instructional materials submitted for adoption in California.

Individuals appointed to the IQC will serve a four-year term commencing January 2014. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on November 15, 2013. The application can be found on the SBE Commissions and Committees Application Information Web page at Please download and distribute this form to all qualified candidates in your schools or organizations who might be interested in serving on the IQC.

I encourage you to help us recruit qualified applicants. If you have any questions regarding the IQC, please contact Thomas Adams, Executive Director, Instructional Quality Commission, by phone at 916-319-0881 or by e-mail at

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


Tom Torlakson


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