Instructional Materials Adoption in California: A Brief Primer
California, unlike some states, does not require districts to provide students with state-adopted instructional materials within a specified period of time. Nor are local education agencies (LEAs) required by law to implement state-adopted instructional materials. Partially for these reasons, instructional materials adoption has unfolded on different timelines from district to district. In our sample, for instance, 15 out of 19 districts reported adopting ELA materials in the previous two school years (2016-17 and 2017-18), whereas math adoption has unfolded more incrementally over the last few years.
Without a defined deadline to adhere to, some districts may place a higher priority on other standards implementation decisions, instead of focusing on instructional materials. Research by the Center has shown that 19 percent of districts cited delaying textbook adoption when asked what they have deprioritized in order to focus on standards implementation.