Instructional Materials


(November 23, 2021)

Please know decisions regarding the recommendations to the State Board of Education (SBE) for the adoption of social studies and World Language instructional materials have been postponed. The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) is in the process of planning next steps regarding the instruction materials adoption process.

With the process being under review, the scheduled review of instructional materials will be placed on hold. This hold would include the call for ELA and Fine Arts instructional materials. Please continue to watch this web page for updates.

    RFQs – ELA and Fine Arts

    A Request for Quote (RFQ) serves as a notice of the ongoing transition of Nevada’s adoption process for instructional materials. For the school year 2021-2022, we will review English Language Arts (ELA) and Fine Arts instructional materials for school grades kindergarten through twelve.

    Please look for the K-12 ELA and K-12 Fine Arts to be released this month. Information regarding both RFIs will appear on this page.

    Updates regarding events and timelines will be made on this page soon.

      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.