Code No.: 605.1
SELECTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
The board has sole discretion to approve instructional materials for the school district. This authority is
delegated to licensed employees to determine which instructional materials, other than textbooks, will be
utilized by and purchased by the school district.
In reviewing current instructional materials for continued use and in selecting additional instructional
materials, licensed employees will consider the current and future needs of the school district as well as the
changes and the trends in education and society. It is the responsibility of the superintendent to report to
the board the action taken by licensed employees.
In selecting materials the following will be considered:
support the educational philosophy, goals and objectives of the school district;
consider the needs, age, and maturity of students;
are within the school district’s budget;
foster respect and appreciation for cultural diversity and difference of opinion;
stimulate growth in factual knowledge and literary appreciation;
encourage students to become decision-makers, to exercise freedom of thought and to make
independent judgment through the examination and evaluation of relevant information, evidence
and differing viewpoints;
portray the variety of careers, roles, and lifestyles open to persons of both sexes; and,
increase an awareness of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each member of a multicultural
In the case of textbooks, the board will make the final decision after receiving a recommendation from the
superintendent. The criteria stated above for selection of other instructional materials will apply to the
selection of textbooks. The superintendent or designee may develop another means for the selection of
textbooks. Textbooks are reviewed as needed and at least every 6 (six) years.
Education materials given to the school district must meet the criteria established above. The gift must be
received in compliance with board policy.
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .14; 301 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(12).
Code No.: 605.1