Instructional Materials

Adoption Process

For all content areas, the adoption process starts with vendors submitting materials for review as put forth by a Request for Information (RFI) issued by NDE. The instructional materials submitted are subject to an internal review conducted by NDE staff as per the RFI.

All submitted will be reviewed by the Nevada Instructional Materials Steering Committee (NIMSC). The NIMSC is made up of instructional materials leads from Nevada’s school districts and have the charge of receiving, reviewing and making recommendations regarding the adoption of all instructional materials that drive instruction in the classroom.

The following serves as a narrative of the agreed upon actions put forth by Guidance Memo #18-1, phases I and II and outlined in the instructional materials flowchart (see resources). All received instructional materials will move through one of the scenarios described below:

Option (1): Instructional materials recommended to be reviewed by the Statewide Review Panel: Approved instructional materials move on to the Statewide Review Panel. All materials approved by the Statewide Review Panel then move on to the Steering Committee for approval. Materials not approved at this stage are not forwarded to the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee makes a recommendation regarding the instructional materials. Approved instructional materials are forwarded to the State Board of Education for consideration of adoption and placement on the state list. Materials not approved at this stage are not forwarded in the State Board of Education.

All State Board of Education adopted instructional materials are then uploaded to the Nevada Department of Education website.

Option (2): Instructional materials not recommended to be reviewed by the Statewide Review Panel: Publishers are notified in writing the reasons their instructional materials will not be forwarded to the Statewide Review Panel. Publishers have thirty days to provide a rebuttal for the purpose of resubmission. The rebuttal goes to NDE for a second internal review.

If the NDE internal review team approves the resubmitted instructional materials then the materials will move on to the Statewide Review Panel and follow the process described above. Materials not approved at this stage are not forwarded to the Statewide Review Panel.

    Content Areas of Focus

    Content areas of focus are the areas of instruction on which materials received by the NIMSC will focus. The NIMSC will designate no more than two content areas of focus every school year. Content areas of focus will always concentrate on grades kindergarten through grade 12.

    Here is the content area review and adoption timeline as decided by the NIMSC with the corresponding school year:
    2019-2020 -- Computer Science, Science
    2020-2021 -- Social Studies, World Languages
    2021-2022 -- Fine Arts, ELA
    2022-2023 -- Health, Mathematics
    2023-2024 -- Computer Science, 
    2024-2025 -- Physical Education, Science
    2025-2026 -- Social Studies
    2026-2027 -- World Languages

    The call for RFI will go out sometime during the proceeding summer.  

    K-12 Computer Science is the current content area of focus accepting materials for the 2019-2020 Computer Science Curriculum and Instructional Materials (CS-CIM) review cycle. Information regarding the Request for Information (RFI) is available at Nevada Public Bids. To view more detailed information, please click the following link below “Adoption Process of Computer Science Instructional Materials for Educators”.

    Request for Information-Computer Science

    State Approved Instructional Materials

    Adoption Forms

    These resources are provided to inform and assist you in selecting textbooks and other resources for your school/district.

    Instructional Materials Evaluation Rubrics

    The Nevada Department of Education is working to ensure that State employees with disabilities, and members of the public with disabilities seeking information or services from us, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by State employees, or members of the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.