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Evaluation and Selection

About Evaluation and Selection of Instructional Materials and Library Books

Evaluation and Selection serves as a coordinating unit for the evaluation of instructional materials and library books by professional staff. These materials support the curriculum and instructional strategies in the schools to meet the diverse learning needs of students.

What Evaluation and Selection Does

  • Coordinates the evaluation of instructional materials and library books for school purchase.
  • Coordinates the evaluation of content area textbooks for school purchase.
  • Maintains a reading room where library media professional staff may review materials prior to selection for use in schools.
  • Maintains the 30-day shelf for examination of newly approved textbooks.
  • Maintains a collection of collection development and evaluation tools to support library media professional staff.
  • Provides guidance for weeding library collections.
  • Facilitates collection development meetings for library media professional staff for the review and evaluation of library books and instructional materials.
  • Selects initial collections for new schools.
  • Secures the appointment of an ad hoc evaluation committee to reevaluate materials whose appropriateness has been questioned by parents or staff of the school community.

Textbook review: 30-day Shelf

The following textbooks are under review:

On the 30 day shelf until July 21, 2021

American Government, 2nd Edition, ISBN # 9781947172661, Glen Krutz, OpenStax, RICE University, 2019, Gr. 9-12.

Graphic Communications: Digital Design and Print Essentials, 6th Edition, ISBN # 9781631268762, A.A. Prust and Peggy Deal, Goodheart-Willcox, 2019, Gr. 9-12.

On the 30 day shelf until July 23, 2021  

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, ISBN # 9781591846444, Simon Sinek, Portfolio, 2009, Gr. 11-12.

Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team, ISBN # 9781043111726, Simon Sinek, Portfolio, 2017, Gr 11-12.

On the 30 day shelf until August 9, 2021  

Building Java Programs: A Back to Basics Approach, 5th Edition, ISBN # 9780135471944, Stuart Reges & Marty Stepp, Pearson, 2020, Gr. 9-12.

JavaScript: The Web Warrior Series, 7th Edition, ISBN # 9780357638002, Patrick Carey & Sasha Vodnik, Cengage, 2022, Gr. 9-12.

On the 30 day shelf until August 16, 2021

Barrio Boy, ISBN # 9780268004415, Ernesto Galarza, Univ of Notre Dame Press, 1991, Gr. 7.

On the 30 day shelf until August 20, 2021

CompTIA Security+: Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, ISBN # 9780357424377, Mark Ciampa, Cengage Learning, 2020, Gr. 11-12.


Newly approved textbooks will remain in the Evaluation and Selection Unit for 30 calendar days to permit examination by professional staff and parents before school orders will be honored.