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Application Letter for IQC Member

State of California
Gavin Newsom, Governor
An Advisory Body to the California State Board of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 3207
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-319-0881
Fax: 916-319-0172

For Immediate Release
October 29, 2021


The State Board of Education (SBE) is seeking applications for two appointments from currently practicing teachers and/or leaders with experience and expertise in mathematics, physical education, and both English language arts/English language development, to serve on the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC). The deadline for submittal of the application and all required documents is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

As defined in Education Code (EC) Section 33530 (amended 1989), the IQC consists of 18 members, 13 of whom are appointed by the SBE upon the recommendation of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction or the members of the SBE. At any one time, at least seven of the public members must be current classroom teachers, mentor teachers, or both, who are assigned to teach kindergarten through grade twelve.


EC Section 60204 (amended 2011) 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, 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. California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 9511 and 9512 require the SBE to appoint separate committees to assist the IQC in developing curriculum frameworks, developing evaluation criteria for instructional materials, and reviewing instructional materials.

Term of Office

Appointed Commissioners will serve for four calendar years, beginning on January 1, 2022, and ending December 31, 2025, and will not be eligible to serve more than one full term. Additional information about the IQC may be found on the CDE IQC web page at

Frequency of Meetings

The IQC typically holds six two-day meetings a year (January, March, May, July, September, and November). Additional IQC and Subject Matter Committee (sub-committee of the IQC) meetings may also be scheduled if needed. All of these meetings require preparation time. Commissioners will be called upon to make an additional commitment of 10–12 days to participate in the review of frameworks and/or instructional materials submitted for adoption in California in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.

Upcoming IQC meetings may be held either as an audio/video teleconference or an in-person meeting and will have a live webcast. The SBE Board Room 1101 in the California Department of Education may be closed to the public, consistent with state and local public health orders. Details regarding access to the meeting and public comment will be posted on each meeting’s agenda notice.

Travel, Lodging, and Other Expenses

Commissioners serve without pay. All authorized travel costs related to IQC meetings (e.g., transportation, lodging, meals) are reimbursed in accordance with state regulations with the exception of airfare, which is directly paid by the CDE.

Application Form

The application form can be found on the SBE Application Information web page at

Please note that the application form requests that applicants send a current résumé or brief curriculum vitae. In addition, all applicants must email two letters of recommendation to the IQC mailbox at One of the letters must come from the applicant’s employer (if applicable), and the other should come from someone (not related to the applicant) who knows him/her/them well and is able to comment on his/her/their qualifications for the position. A single PDF of the application that includes a complete application form, résumé, and two letters of recommendation is preferred.

Application Deadline

The application form with a current résumé and two letters of recommendation must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, in order to be considered for appointment. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. Applicants will be screened on the basis of expertise in the Commission's current and upcoming projects which currently includes the Mathematics Framework and mathematics instructional materials. Finalist candidates may be asked to participate in a 15-minute Zoom interview, which will be scheduled for one day during the week of December 13, 2021.


For questions or additional information, please contact the IQC by email at or by telephone at 916-319-0881.

Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 28, 2021
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