2.7.24 – Texas Scorecard

“TX State Board of Education Sets New Guidelines for Reviewing & Approving Instructional Materials”

Ensures “high-quality instructional materials for Texas students”

By Emily Medeiros

Excerpts from this article: 

Texas Education Board Sets New Guidelines for Reviewing and Approving Instructional Materials - Texas Scorecard

Texas’ State Board of Education [SBOE] set new guidelines for reviewing and approving instructional materials to ensure suitability for students.

As reported by 
The Dallas Expressthe board met from January 30 to February 2 to review and approve a new suitability rubric to set the framework for the new process. 

The new rubric is designed
to ensure that government schools across the state adopt “high-quality instructional materials for Texas students” that are appropriate for each grade level. 

meeting led to the board approving Instructional Materials Review and Approval (IMRA) QUALITY RUBRICS for English and Language Arts for grades K-3 and 4-8, Second Language Acquisition for grades K-3 and 4-6, and Math for grades K-12.

In the 
rubric, the suitability indicator states that instructional materials align with Texas’ constitutional goal for education: to prepare students for self-governance. 

This is facilitated by presenting
positive aspects of the United States and Texas, as well as promoting citizenship, patriotism, democracy, the benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for recognized authority, and respect for individual rights.

The rubric ensures that:

  • the materials do not teach that one race or sex is superior than another


  • that an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, bears responsibility, blame, or guilt for actions committed by other members of the same race or sex


  • will not include any materials developed through the 1619 Project. 

The rubric also affirms that the materials “
should recognize and not contradict that parents have the right to ‘direct the moral and religious training’ of their children and the duty to support their children’s education.

Additionally, the board also “
established how instructional materials will be reviewed as part of IRMA [Instructional Materials Review and Approval] with the final authority for approvals and criteria resting with the [elected members] of the SBOE.”

During the 88th regular Legislative Session, State Rep. 
Brad Buckley (R-Salado) introduced House Bill 1605, which increased the SBOE’s authority to oversee instructional materials to align better with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standard, improve student outcomes, and keep instructional materials with “obscene or harmful content” out of classrooms. 

The measure [HB 1605] was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in June [2023]... 

Besides approving the IRMA Quality Rubric, in December [2023] the [SBOE] board
discussed and approved the state’s first-ever mandatory school library collection development standards which apply to all materials in all Texas public school libraries, classroom libraries, and online catalogs.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission developed the standards with input from the State Board of Education in compliance with 
House Bill 900.

SBOE members [in the 12.14.23 meeting] 
voted 13-1 to approve the standards.  

SBOE Democrat Aicha Davis cast the lone vote against approval.]