To the Administrator Addressed Update - 06/22/2023

pdf COPY -  ​Instructional Materials and Technology Allotment for Fiscal Years 2024 and 2025


The 2024‒2025 biennium instructional materials and technology allotment allocations for each district and open-enrollment charter school (local educational agency or LEA) will be available on the instructional materials website and are expected to be populated in EMAT, the state’s online ordering system, by mid-July, 2023.


Per Student Instructional Materials Allotment Amount: $171.84
Per Student Emergent Bilingual Instructional Materials Amount: $15.58


Although the amounts will appear soon in EMAT, the actual funds will not be available until after September 1, 2023. Until that time, LEAs may use unexpended funds (carry-over funds) for allotment expenditures, including newly adopted instructional materials, continuing contracts, technological equipment, and technology services. As stated in Texas Education Code, §31.0215, if carry-over funds are not available, LEAs may order materials through requisitions for up to 80% of their 2024‒2025 allotment funds through the delayed-payment option. Publishers that have agreed to receive delayed payments are identified in EMAT. Please share this information with all those responsible for fiscal accountability in your LEA.

House Bill 1474 (84th Texas Legislature, 2015) changed the allotment from an annual allocation to a biennial allocation and required the Texas Education Agency to make the full amount available to districts at the beginning of each biennium. The amounts in EMAT must serve LEAs for two full school years. LEA personnel responsible for making instructional materials and educational technology purchasing decisions will want to carefully plan the two years of spending to ensure that funds are available when needed. Funds not used during a biennium carry over to the next.  

House Bill 1605 (88th Regular Texas Legislature, 2023) establishes two new Foundation School Program (FSP) entitlements for SBOE-approved instructional materials in addition to this Instructional Materials and Technology Allotment allocation. Those entitlements are not part of this per-student allocation amount and will be provided in addition to these amounts. More details on those entitlements will follow in a future TAA.

Please note the adopted instructional materials for the visually impaired (Braille, large-print, and audio) are the property of the state and are not paid for out of an LEA's allotment. They can be requested through EMAT and must be returned to the redistribution center when they are no longer in use. LEAs that choose to purchase non-adopted instructional materials should remember that should Braille, large-print, or audio versions be required by a student’s individualized education plan or Section 504 plan; the LEA is required to provide those versions using allotment or local funds.

If you have any questions, please contact the Instructional Materials team by submitting an Instructional Materials Help Desk Ticket.

To the Administrator Addressed Update - March 9, 2023

EMAT is closed and is scheduled to reopen for ordering materials for the 2023-24 school year on May 15, 2023.

Completion of the TEKS Certification 2023-24 Process is required to regain access to allotment funds when EMAT reopens. Information and detailed instructions for completing this process can be found on the Instructional Materials webpage.


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EMAT ANNOUCEMENTS

  TEA UPDATES

Today's Social Studies Newsletter provides information on the following topics - 10/14/2022
Public Comments for Proposed Amendments to the Social Studies TEKS
Amended Proclamation 2024

Public Comments for Proposed Amendments to the Social Studies TEKS
At the special September 26, 2022, State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting, the SBOE approved for first reading and filing authorization proposed amendments to social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for kindergarten–grade 8 and five high school courses: Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits, United States History Studies Since 1877, World History Studies, World Geography Studies, and United States Government. The SBOE is scheduled to consider the proposed amendments to the TEKS for second reading and final adoption at its November 2022 meeting.  

At the August/September SBOE meeting, the board determined that it would not move forward with new social studies standards. Instead, the board asked TEA staff to recommend amendments to the current standards only to address requirements from Senate Bill (SB) 3, 87th Texas Legislature, Second Called Session, 2021. Those recommendations are included in the current proposal. For more information regarding the social studies TEKS review, please visit. 
https://tea.texas.gov/academics/curriculum-standards/teks-review/2021-2022-social-studies-teks-review.  

The official public comment period for the proposed amendments to the social studies TEKS is now open. To view the proposed revisions and submit public comments, visit  http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/SBOE_Rules_(TAC)/Proposed_State_Board_of_Education_Rules/.  

Please be sure to include the grade or course, the number of the knowledge and skill statement, and the letter of the student expectation for which you are providing public comment if applicable. Public comments are shared with SBOE members each week during the public comment period. Specific, actionable feedback submitted early in the 30-day timeframe provides SBOE members with more information and time to consider the comment. Providing feedback early in the process is the best way to ensure that your feedback will likely impact the final draft. 

Public Comment Period: October 14, 2022–November 14, 2022 
Earliest Possible Date of Adoption: November 2022 SBOE meeting 

Amended Proclamation 2024

Proclamation 2024 was amended to adjust the timeline at the September State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting. The amended proclamation is available on the Proclamations webpage.

Proclamation 2024 Update - 9/20/2023
The State Board of Education (SBOE) issued Proclamation 2024 at its April 2022 meeting to call for science, grades K–12; technology applications, grades K–8; Personal Financial Literacy and Economics; and several CTE courses. The SBOE is scheduled to adopt materials for Proclamation 2024 in November 2023. The adopted materials will go into classrooms in the 2024–25 school year.

The Proclamation 2024 section of the Proclamations webpage has been updated with the reports that were shared with the State Board of Education at the August/September 2023 meeting. The newly posted reports include:

Preliminary Report on Materials Under Consideration for Adoption
State Review Panel-Identified Errors
State Review Panel Feedback
Report of Editorial Changes
Report of Required Corrections
Report of New Content

Some of the reviews were still in progress when the changes were due to TEA. Additional changes will be published in October.

Proclamation 2024 was amended to change the date for publishers to submit the List of Corrections and Editorial Changes from July 31, 2023, to August 16, 2023. This was the only change to the proclamation. The amended proclamation is posted on the Proclamations page of the TEA website.

The public is invited to view samples and provide comments via the Public Comment.

Form or identify errors in the pre-adoption samples using the Public-Reported Factual Errors Submission Form. The public comment period is open through Monday, October 30, 2023. Errors and comments received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2023, will be presented to the State Board of Education at its November meeting and posted to the TEA website.

Instructional Materials Update - 5/22/2023

EMAT is Open for the 2023–24 School Year

EMAT is now open for local education agencies (LEAs) to begin ordering instructional materials for the 2023–24 school year. Authorized users must complete the following prerequisites before submitting transactions in EMAT:

Complete the TEKS Certification 2023–24 Process, which includes ratification of the TEKS Certification 2023–24 Form and submission of the TEKS Certification 2023–24 Survey. Information on the TEKS Certification 2023–24 Process can be found on the State-Adopted Instructional Materials page of the TEA website. 
Enter at least three preferred delivery date ranges for 2023–24 orders shipped during the summer. These are dates when staff is available at your LEA to receive shipments. 
Review and verify or update LEA user contact information and delivery addresses. 

Currently, LEAs may use unexpended funds (carryover funds) for allotment expenditures in EMAT. The funding for the 2024–25 biennium (school years 2023–24 and 2024–25) will be determined after the close of the 2023 legislative session and will be reflected in EMAT this summer. More details will be shared about allotment funding in future announcements, as well as on the Instructional Materials and Technology Allotment page of the TEA website, as information becomes available. 

Place Orders for Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
Accessible versions of state-adopted materials may be ordered by placing an AIM requisition in EMAT. Additional information and resources for purchasing non-state-adopted AIM can be found on the Accessible Instructional Materials page of the TEA website. 

Accessible versions of TEA Available Instructional Materials for K–5 Reading Language Arts, K–5 Math, and 6–12 Math may be ordered by placing an AIM requisition in EMAT. Additional information about TEA Available Instructional Materials can be found on the TEA website. 

Please note that all state-adopted math titles for grades K–12 may now be ordered in Unified English Braille (UEB) format by placing an AIM requisition in EMAT. UEB replaced the previous braille code, English Braille American Edition, and all state-adopted braille beginning with Proclamation 2017 has been transcribed in UEB. Since math was adopted under Proclamation 2014 and Proclamation 2015, it was not previously available to order in UEB. 

To ensure prompt delivery for the upcoming school year, TEA recommends placing AIM requisitions for braille by June 2, 2023, and placing AIM requisitions for large-print or audio by July 21, 2023. The cost of AIM ordered through EMAT does not come out of LEAs' Instructional Materials and Technology Allotment. 

Special Textbook Redistribution Center  
As a reminder, AIM ordered through EMAT belong to the state and should be returned after student use. The Special Textbook Redistribution Center (STRC) houses surplus braille and large-print so that other students may make use of these materials and receive them quickly. To better accommodate LEA schedules, the STRC is now open year-round to receive surplus braille and large-print materials. For detailed information about returning surplus AIM, please see the Returning Accessible Materials page of the TEA website. Thank you for subscribing to the Instructional Materials news bulletin and for your commitment to serving Texas students.

​​Instructional Materials Review Update - 10/31/2022
Proclamation 2024 Updates (Science, Career and Technical Education, Technology Applications, and Personal Financial Literacy & Economics)


Publisher Webinar
TEA will host a webinar on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. for publishers interested in participating in Proclamation 2024. This webinar will demonstrate how to use the standards-alignment dashboard to add programs and enter correlations. Please register to attend.

To gain access to the dashboard prior to the webinar, publishers must enter statements of intent to bid (SOITB). Publishers with EMAT access will enter a SOITB in EMAT. Publishers who do not have EMAT usernames and passwords can use the public-facing site to enter a SOITB. Please review the Company Information Form and Statement of Intent to Bid Training prior to entering SOITB. 


Breakouts 
All Proclamation 2024 breakouts have been added to the Review and Adoption Breakout Documents webpage. Publishers may use these documents to begin identifying content that will be used in Proclamation 2024 correlations. Publishers will be able to enter correlations in the dashboard in mid to late November.

Texas Resource Review (TRR) Updates
Science Rubrics
The final TRR K–8 and high school science rubrics and an updated memo of changes are now available on the TRR website. All science materials submitted for Proclamation 2024will be reviewed through the TRR using these rubrics.

Publisher Waitlist
The TRR evaluates the quality of instructional materials using a quality rubric developed by Texas educators. If you are interested in having your materials reviewed through the TRR during a future review cycle, please complete the waitlist form. The TRR reports are posted online and made available to support districts in selecting high-quality instructional materials.

Publisher Resources
Be sure to bookmark the publisher resources website and visit it often to view pre-recorded trainings and other resources related to the State Board of Education’s review and adoption process.

Thank you for subscribing to the Review and Adoption news bulletin and for your commitment to serving Texas students.
Instructional Materials & Implementation Help Desk

To the Administrator Addressed Update - 09/21/2023


House Bill (HB) 1605 Webinar Series and Proclamation 2024 Update

This correspondence provides local educational agencies (LEAs) with a high-level overview of important updates regarding House Bill (HB) 1605. During the 88th Texas Legislature (Regular Session), HB 1605 was passed, establishing an expanded process for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to approve high-quality instructional materials, adding more funding to the Instructional Materials and Technology Allotment (IMTA), prohibiting three-cueing in early literacy instruction, protecting teacher planning time, and expanding parent access to instructional materials being used in classrooms.  


While the Texas Education Agency (TEA) works to update all impacted technical assistance resources and web pages, be aware that the bill was signed into law on June 13, 2023, and portions of the law apply beginning with the 2023–2024 school year. The SBOE’s proposed timeline for its required changes will be communicated as that timeline is determined and communicated to TEA.  

SBOE Actions 
There are three (3) categories of responsibility that the SBOE is charged with implementing in the bill: 

 1.  To approve an overall instructional materials review process, to be known as the Instructional Materials Review and  Approval (IMRA). Criteria will include:

  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) coverage
  • Quality 
  • Suitable for grade and subject  
  • Free from factual error  
  • No harmful content and other statutory compliance 
  • Publisher parent portal compliance

​2.  To create a new vocabulary and literary works list addendum for the Reading Language Arts (RLA) TEKS. 

3.  To establish requirements for parent transparency, including a process for local reviews of instructional materials, and a requirement for publishers of newly reviewed and approved instructional materials to make their materials available to parents through an internet portal. 

Proclamation 2024 
As part of HB 1605, Proclamation 2024 was preserved and will continue as planned. Proclamation 2024 includes a call for materials in science (grades K–12), technology applications (grades K–8), personal financial literacy and economics, and several career and technical education (CTE) courses. The SBOE is scheduled to adopt materials for Proclamation 2024 in November 2023. The adopted materials will go into classrooms in the 2024–2025 school year.  

The SBOE does not plan to review materials associated with courses from Proclamation 2024 in the next year using the new IMRA process established by HB 1605. For this reason, LEAs should proceed with plans to adopt materials for use in the 2024–2025 school year. For clarity, this means that science materials adopted by the SBOE during the Proclamation 2024 process (which will likely occur in November 2023) will be the only science materials adopted by the state in the next 24 months. No subsequent approval under the new HB 1605 IMRA process is planned for the near future. 

HB 1605 Webinar Series 
New funding for SBOE-approved instructional materials under HB 1605 will be accessible after the SBOE completes its initial round of reviews under the new IMRA process. Independent of the new funding, there are some statutory changes in HB 1605 that take effect now that LEAs must follow. TEA is hosting a series of webinars to address components of the bill that are most relevant to LEAs. 

Series topics are prioritized by the effective date of sections of the bill and their impact on LEAs. Below is a list of upcoming webinars and registration links:   

Topic: House Bill 1605 Overview for Local Educational Agencies
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m.  
Description: An overview of the major components of HB 1605 and projected timeline of implementation milestones.  
Registration: 
Virtual Webinar Registration Link 

Topic: Planning and Non-Instructional Duties of Teachers 
Date: Friday, September 29, 2023 
Time: 11:00 a.m.  
Description: An overview of the statutory protections of planning time for classroom teachers in HB 1605 and guidance on the supplemental duty agreement with a teacher. [Texas Education Code, §11.164 and §21.4045] 
Registration: 
Virtual Webinar Registration Link 

Topic: Three-Cueing and Phonics Instructional Materials 
Date: Friday, October 6, 2023 
Time: 11:00 a.m.   
Description: An overview of the prohibition of three-cueing in instructional materials and guidance on how to implement with considerations for 
House Bill (HB) 3, issued by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019, which directs all Texas school districts to provide phonics curriculum that uses systematic, direct instruction in kindergarten through third grade to ensure all students obtain necessary early-literacy skills. 
Registration: 
Virtual Webinar Registration Link 

TEA recognizes that the impacts of HB 1605 may be significant for some LEAs. While those impacts are analyzed, TEA will provide subsequent communications to support LEAs. TEA has existing resources and web pages that focus on instructional materials review and adoption, and these will be updated as much as possible as the SBOE completes rulemaking procedures for the IMRA process. However, updates cannot be completed for some of these resources until the SBOE rulemaking procedures for the IMRA process have ended.  

While the SBOE completes its rulemaking process, it is critical that LEAs comply with HB 1605 requirements and use the webinar series for assistance with implementation.  

For questions, please contact the instructional materials inbox at 
instructional.materials@tea.texas.gov.