Textbook Reviews

Method of Delivery

Technology Dependent

This designation identifies a program at any level which requires technological hardware, software, and/or infrastructure for its implementation. Local school systems adopting these programs are responsible for determining the necessary platforms and infrastructure to support these programs and for providing the technology necessary to deliver instruction.

Traditional

Programs that may use a variety of delivery methods and that are not exclusively dependent on technology.

Public Comment Form

This form allows individuals to provide feedback on any textbook that has been approved by the State Board of Education.

Error Identification Form

Individuals who choose to report possible errors in textbooks and instructional materials approved by the State Textbook Commission should complete the Corrective Action Feedback Form.

The reviews of programs recommended by the State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission for inclusion on the Official List of Textbooks and Instructional Materials were prepared by committees of classroom teachers and other experts (state advisory panels) and approved by the commission. The reviews are conducted for the twofold purpose of assisting the commission in formulating the official list and of assisting local adoption committees in selecting the textbook programs which best meet their local needs.

The academic standards approved by the State Board of Education and the textbook and instructional materials screening instrument approved by the commission comprise the basis for these reviews. The review by the state advisory panelists shall include an examination as to whether the textbooks or instructional materials:

  1. Conform to the standards for their subject areas or grade levels;
  2. Are free of any clear, substantive, factual or grammatical errors; and
  3. Comply with and reflect the values expressed in § 49-6-1 028(b), if the textbook or instructional materials are being considered for adoption as a textbook or instructional materials for education of students in general studies and specifically in United States history and this nation's republican form of government.

The Tennessee Department of Education provides in-depth training to advisory panelists that includes:

  1. The requirements for performing a thorough review of all textbooks or instructional materials assigned to a member for review.
  2. The scope of the panelists review of the textbooks and instructional materials as outlined above;
  3. The use of any forms developed by the commission for making a review; and
  4. The time frame for completing their tasks.

The review of textbooks and instructional materials by state advisory panelists does not include supplemental instructional materials.

Section C- Local Adoption Year 2018

The Section C Reviews file will direct you to the Section C Advisory Panelists' Reviews for all textbooks and instructional resources which were submitted and reviewed. It does not include textbooks and Instructional Resources which were either not bid or were withdrawn after failing to meet all of the required components of section 1 of the screening instrument.

Screening Instruments

Publisher Responses

Textbook Adoption Advisory Panels: Science, Fine Arts, CTE, and PE/Wellness

  • Science
  • Fine Arts
  • CTE
  • PE/Wellness and Health
  • Advisory Panelist Employer Position
    Lynne Berney Knox County Schools Educator
    Susan Dorsa Hamilton County Schools Educator
    Adrema Higgins Lebanon Special School District Educator
    Lauren Lane Rutherford County Schools Educator
    Crystal Lock Dyer County Schools Educator
    Michelle Newman Hamblen County Schools Educator
    Diane Parton Warren County Schools Educator
    Latoya Pugh Shelby County Schools Instructional Support
    Sarah White Williamson County Schools Educator
    Jessica Willings Jefferson County Schools Educator
    Patsy Buckner Metro Nashville Public Schools Educator
    Melanie Coffey Hamblen County Schools Educator
    Terii Cummins Hancock County Schools Educator
    Catherine Ginel Oak Ridge Schools Educator
    Jennifer Hill Washington County Schools Educator
    Kellee Hill Metro Nashville Public Schools Educator
    Laura Houston Hamilton County Schools Educator
    Rachel Persaud Blount County Schools Educator
    James Watson Ivy Academy Chattanooga Educator
    Mary Benton Coffee County Schools Educator
    Jeannie Cuervo Cleveland City Schools Educator
    Hannah McKinney Washington County School District Educator
    Jessica Moore Hayes Elizabethton City Schools Educator
    Rebecca Murphy Rutherford County Schools Educator
    Tami Russell Knox County Schools Educator
    Philip Tharp Knox County Schools Educator
    Kelly Chastain Vanderbilt University Staff
    Bonnie Principe Clarksville Montgomery County Schools System Science Coordinator
    Jane Skinner Knox County Schools Educator
    Lindsay Wolthers Sumner County Schools Educator
    Peggy Bertrand-Terpstra UT, Knoxville Faculty
    Joseph Foy Knox County Schools Educator
    Erica Johnson Knox County Schools Educator
  • Advisory Panelist Employer Position
    Amanda Galbraith Shelby County Educator
    Holly Briggs Knox County Educator
    Ted Edinger Davidson County Educator
    Heather Casteel Knox County Visual Arts Content Specialist
    Dru Davison Shelby County Fine Arts Advisor
    Sarah Cummings Knox County Educator
    Atticus Hensley Coffee County Educator
    David Potter Shelby County Educator
    Jennifer Conway Loudon County Educator
    Nikkie Parker-Dunnewold Shelby County Educator
    Ted Fuller Shelby County Fine Arts Consulting Teacher
    Mary Lynnea Hunter Wilson County Educator
    Carrie Paulo Shelby County Educator
    Becky Hartle Chester County Educator
  • Advisory Panelist Employer Position
    Marta McPeters Fentress County Educator
    Tim Utt Hamblen County Educator
    Sean Price Davidson County Educator
    Kelly Chastain Vanderbilt Educator
  • Advisory Panelist Employer Position
    Shannon Railling Warren County Educator
    Dawn Skelton Wayne County CSH Coordinator
    Wendy Wyatt Grainger Co Educator
    Ryen Minton Roane County Educator
Section B – Local Adoption Year 2017

The CTE Reviews link will direct you to the CTE Advisory Panelists' Reviews for all textbooks and instructional resources which were submitted and reviewed. It does not include textbooks and Instructional Resources which were either not bid or were withdrawn after failing to meet all of the required components of section 1 of the screening instrument.

The following individuals have been chosen to serve as the Advisory Panelists for Section B:

Advisory Panelists

Employer

Position

Panel

Blankenship, Anthony

Jackson- Madison County

Educator

Section B: Architecture & Construction

Carey, LuAnn

Bradley County

Educator

Section B: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Chandler, Vernon

Sevier County

Educator

Section B: Architecture & Construction

Edney, Raygan

Perry County

Educator

Section B: Health Science

Farr, Janice

Oak Ridge CSS

Educator

Section B: Health Science

Halkiades, Julie

Rutherford County

Educator

Section B: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Hankins, Aaron

Knox County

Educator

Section B: Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

Inman, Ryan

Dyersburg City

Educator

Section B: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Kirby, Jeana

Knox County

Educator

Section B: Health Science

Lewis, Ryan

Marion County

Educator

Section B: STEM

McMurray, Jeff

Knox County

Educator

Section B: Architecture & Construction

Reist, Jennifer

Metro-Nashville Public Schools

Educator

Section B: Health Science

Richter, Lisa

Williamson County

Educator

Section B: Architecture & Construction

Tantawi, Khalid

Motlow State

Educator

Section B: STEM

Vester, Jacklyn

Putnam County

Educator

Section B: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Wade, Jamason

Shelby County

Educator

Section B: Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

Note: These are draft reviews and have not been edited for grammar or typing errors. Content has been reviewed.

Section CTE A - Local Adoption Year 2016

This CTE A Reviews link will direct you to the CTE A Advisory Panelists' Reviews for all textbooks and instructional resources which were submitted and reviewed. It does not include textbooks and Instructional Resources which were either not bid or were withdrawn after failing to meet all of the required components of section 1 of the screening instrument.

Section I - Local Adoption Year 2015

The Mathematics K-12 Reviews link will direct you to the Mathematics Advisory Panelists' Reviews for all textbooks and instructional resources which were submitted and reviewed. It does not include textbooks and Instructional Resources which were either not bid or were withdrawn after failing to meet all of the required components of section 1 of the screening instrument.

The Mathematics K-12 Publishers Written Responses to Section 2 includes comments from publishers. These comments are written in response to section 2 of the screening instrument. Publishers were allowed to respond to section 1 of the screening instrument in writing and via presentations which occurred on August 23, 2014. In addition, publishers were allowed, and encouraged, to resubmit content based on the reviews of section 1.

Section IV - Local Adoption Year 2014
Section V -  Local Adoption Year 2013
Section VI - Local Adoption Year 2012
Section II - Local Adoption Year 2010

Disclaimer

The long-standing philosophy of the State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission has been to provide local school systems with a broad range of flexibility by including all suitable books on the official list. The information provided from the review process is, therefore, intended to assist local adoption committees, not to replace them.

These programs were reviewed by Tennessee teachers using Tennessee standards and considering the needs of Tennessee classrooms. We make no claims regarding the suitability of any of these programs for classrooms outside Tennessee.

Selection Classifications

  • Basal Text
  • Co-Basal Text
  • Alternative Level Text
  • This designation identifies an on-level resource for use at a particular grade level or course level. The basal should address the standards and grade level/course level expectations of the designated subject area.  The basal program is the resource that local boards of education are required to adopt and encouraged to make available for students.

  • This designation identifies a resource which addresses one or more elements of the subject area, but fails to address other elements of state standards.  Systems may adopt a co-basal for use as a supplement to address certain elements of the subject area. This category would include supplementary materials which are not a part of a basal text.  Each element addressed in the co-basal program must meet the same standards as the basal programs.  Co-basal texts cannot be purchased as a primary resource for instruction.

  • This designation may be used to identify texts that address the needs of students not on grade level. Such books are designated as “Alternative Level-Low” or “Alternative Level-High.” These books may be purchased in lieu of the basal text for a limited number of students. Local systems have the option of adopting resources as an alternative level text even though the resource has not been identified on the official list. Alternative level programs should meet the same standards as the basal programs.