The California Department of Education establishes the procedure for the adoption of instructional materials. Instructional materials are adopted on a seven-year cycle, with particular subject areas being considered in each of the seven years.
In this process, publishers submit instructional materials in the relevant subject area to the California Department of Education for evaluation by committees of educators and members of the public. The committees review the materials for compliance with the state framework and other standards. Those materials that meet these standards are adopted by the state for use in the schools.
At this school district, those textbooks adopted by the California Department of Education are reviewed by a curriculum committee in preparation for selecting the textbooks to be piloted in classrooms. The curriculum department selects pilot teachers based on interest, grade level, and school representation. The materials being piloted are sent to the schools for evaluation by staff and pilot teachers. The information gathered in the written evaluations is used to make a recommendation for adoption to the Instructional Materials Standing Committee.
During the selection process, those materials being considered for adoption are on display for staff and public at local school districts and at the office of the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools. Comments and criticisms are welcome and will be noted. Final approval is made by the Board of Trustees.
The Camarillo Public Library maintains student textbooks on each of the core subjects of current adoption.