HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
Saginaw County districts believe that the use, and appropriate implementation, of High Quality Instructional Materials is essential to the success of teachers and students. Saginaw ISD is providing these resources for consideration while reviewing and selecting said materials. These resources are found to be among some of the top in the nation for supporting local education agencies with identifying which resources will best meet the needs of their districts and communities. Saginaw ISD staff has reviewed these links, connected with supporting departments (when necessary), and are available to support districts with their local needs assessment and review while identifying new materials to provide to staff to support their efforts.
DEFINING HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
Purchased resources alone do not equate to High Quality Instructional Materials. Instead, districts should understand that there should also be a clear pathway for creating additional guidance to make the resources reach high quality. This guidance includes items such as, but not limited to, assessment alignment, sequencing, and delivery format. State Education Agencies (Departments of Education) have worked to provide definitions and supporting materials for districts that can be used to assist staff and stakeholders with understanding what High Quality Instructional Materials completely entails. Below are a few resources from state agencies outside of Michigan which can provide support to Saginaw County districts:
Oklahoma State Department of Education
o "The Imperative of High Quality Instructional Materials" (PDF)
o "Why Materials Matter" (EdReports PDF)
Delaware Department of Education
Ohio Department of Education
EVALUATION RUBRICS AND COMMON RESOURCES
Below are a few evaluation rubrics and common resources used to provide feedback on the materials’ ability to be of high quality. Districts can review these resources to understand how their materials meet common needs, standards, and skills which support students with learning content. Staff are advised to not just review the overall scores that are reported for resources/materials, but instead to dig deeply into how the score was generated.
Massachusetts Department of Education
Tennessee Local Textbook Adoption Process