Texas Education Code
Sec. § 31.0231
Commissioner’s List


(a)

The commissioner shall adopt a list of:

(1)

electronic instructional material; and

(2)

material that conveys information to the student or otherwise contributes to the learning process, including tools, models, and investigative materials designed for use as part of the foundation curriculum for:

(A)

science in kindergarten through grade five; and

(B)

personal financial literacy in kindergarten through grade eight.

(b)

A school district may select material on the list adopted under Subsection (a) to be funded by the district’s instructional materials and technology allotment under Section 31.0211 (Instructional Materials and Technology Allotment).

(c)

Before the commissioner places material on the list adopted under Subsection (a), the State Board of Education must be given an opportunity to comment on the material. If the commissioner places material on the list adopted under Subsection (a), the State Board of Education may, not later than the 90th day after the date the material is placed on the list, require the commissioner to remove the material from the list. Material placed on the list adopted under Subsection (a):

(1)

must be reviewed and recommended to the commissioner by a panel of recognized experts in the subject area of the material and experts in education technology;

(2)

must satisfy criteria adopted for the purpose by commissioner rule; and

(3)

must meet the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard, to the extent practicable as determined by the commissioner.

(d)

The criteria adopted under Subsection (c)(2) must:

(1)

include evidence of alignment with current research in the subject for which the material is intended to be used;

(2)

include coverage of the essential knowledge and skills identified under Section 28.002 (Required Curriculum) for the subject for which the material is intended to be used and identify:

(A)

each of the essential knowledge and skills for the subject and grade level or levels covered by the material; and

(B)

the percentage of the essential knowledge and skills for the subject and grade level or levels covered by the material; and

(3)

include appropriate training for teachers.

(e)

The commissioner shall update, as necessary, the list adopted under Subsection (a). Before the commissioner places material on the updated list, the requirements of Subsection (c) must be met.

(f)

After notice to the commissioner explaining in detail the changes, the provider of material on the list adopted under Subsection (a) may update the navigational features or management system related to the material.

(g)

After notice to the commissioner and a review by the commissioner, the provider of material on the list adopted under Subsection (a) may update the content of the material if needed to accurately reflect current knowledge or information.

(h)

The commissioner shall adopt rules as necessary to implement this section. The rules must:

(1)

be consistent with Section 31.151 (Duties of Publishers and Manufacturers) regarding the duties of publishers and manufacturers, as appropriate, and the imposition of a reasonable administrative penalty; and

(2)

require public notice of an opportunity for the submission of material.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1407 (H.B. 4294), Sec. 4, eff. June 19, 2009.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 885 (S.B. 290), Sec. 2, eff. June 17, 2011.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 6 (S.B. 6), Sec. 27, eff. July 19, 2011.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 581 (S.B. 810), Sec. 14, eff. June 9, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 705 (H.B. 3526), Sec. 13, eff. June 12, 2017.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 467 (H.B. 4170), Sec. 5.014, eff. September 1, 2019.
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