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History-Social Science Publisher Bulletin 2016-01

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
October 14, 2016

Dear Publishers of History–Social Science Instructional Materials for Kindergarten through Grade Eight:


If you plan to participate in California’s 2017 History–Social Science (HSS) Instructional Materials Adoption, you may be eligible for a reduction in the planned participation fees if you meet specific criteria. While the regulations defining those fees are being finalized, we anticipate the fee will be $5,000 per program, per grade level. California Education Code Section 60212, which requires a participation fee, provides that the State Board of Education (SBE) may reduce the fee for a small publisher. For the purposes of this adoption, a small publisher is defined as one that meets all of the following criteria:

  • Independently owned or operated
  • Not dominant in its field of operation
  • Has 100 or fewer employees, together with its affiliates
  • Has average annual gross receipts of 10 million dollars or less over the previous three years

If you believe your company meets these criteria and wish to apply for a fee reduction, please submit your request along with the following information to David Almquist, Publisher Liaison, California Department of Education (CDE) at no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, November 16, 2016:

  • A statement of earnings for the most recent three fiscal years
  • A statement verifying the number of full-time employees excluding contracted employees
  • A statement verifying that the small publisher is independently owned or operated and is not dominant in its field for the subject matter being submitted

This information will become public and will be considered by the SBE for action at its January 11–12, 2017, meeting.

Publisher Invitation to Submit Meeting

On January 18, 2017, CDE staff and members of the Instructional Quality Commission will hold a Publisher Invitation to Submit meeting. This meeting will focus on the process of participation in the adoption, so it will be important for publishers interested in participating to include individuals responsible for the following tasks:

  • Completing standards and evaluation criteria maps
  • Meeting adoption requirements and timelines
  • Producing the submission package

The date, time, and location of the meeting are as follows:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

East End Complex
1500 Capitol Avenue, Auditorium
Sacramento, CA 95814

We also will make the meeting available for viewing online, and we will post the link for the viewing site at the following CDE Web site [], under the “Publisher Info” tab, in the days prior to the meeting. At that same time, and in the same location, we will post the following documents necessary for the meeting:

  • The HSS Invitation to Submit document
  • Intent to Submit form
  • Submission Forms
  • The evaluation criteria and criteria map templates
  • The standards map templates

If you have any questions regarding these issues, please contact David Almquist, Publisher Liaison, Instructional Resources Unit, by phone at 916-319-0444 or by e-mail at


Stephanie Gregson, Director
Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division


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