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School board hears recommendation on language arts materials

A recommendation to the WCCUSD School Board was made on April 17th
to adopt the following programs for grades K-5 Open Court, grades 6-8
Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, grades 4-8 Intervention High Point,
and grades 9-12 Intervention Read 180.

Forty-five teachers and 10 school administrators representing
twenty-three elementary schools, four middle schools and two alternative
schools participated in the districtís Language Arts Textbook Adoption
Committee. Nine other committee members represent the Bilingual/ELD
Services, Consolidated Programs, Curriculum, Professional Development
and Summer School Departments. The Language Arts Textbook Adoption
involves grades K-5, 6-8 and intervention programs.

The State Board of Education approved the Language Arts
standards-based materials on January 9, 2002, and the district began the
adoption process. There were four meetings, March 11, March 18, March
25, and April 15. The adoption committee heard presentations from the
publishers and then did a thorough comparison in grade level groups.
The committee members individually evaluated the materials that were on
display at the Alvarado Adult Education Center on Thursday, March 22,
Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24.

The programs reviewed that have been approved by the state are (for
Grades K-5/6) Houghton-Mifflin, A Legacy of Literacy and
SRA-McGraw-Hill, Open Court Reading; (for Grades 6-8) Glencoe, The
Readerís Choice; Prentice-Hall, Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes;
Holt-Rinehart & Winston, Literature and Language Arts;
McDougal-Littell, Reading and Language Arts Programs; (for intervention)
Glencoe, Language!; Hampton-Brown, High Point; Scholastic, Read 180;
The Wright Group, Fast Track; and SRA-McGraw-Hill, Reach.

Source: Barbara Adams, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and
Accountability, writing for Friday FYI, a publication of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Run dates: 2002-04-19 - 2002-05-03

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