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Instructional Quality 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 California State Board of Education (SBE). The Commission is responsible for advising the SBE on matters related to curriculum and instruction. The Commission:  (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; and (5) advises and makes recommendations to the SBE on implementing the state’s academic content standards.

The Commission is composed of 18 members: 13 members are appointed by SBE (at the time of appointment, at least seven of the public members must be current classroom teachers, or mentor teachers, or both, who are assigned to teach in grades K-12); 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; and one State Assembly member. With the exception of the legislative members, commissioners serve a four-year term.

For more information regarding the Instructional Quality Commission, contact Mike Torres, Executive Director, Instructional Quality Commission, by telephone at 916-319-0881 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division | | 916-319-0881
Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 20, 2023
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