Textbook Reviews

The reviews of programs recommended by the State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission for inclusion on the Official List of Textbooks and Instructional Materials were prepared by committees of classroom teachers and other experts (state advisory panels) and approved by the commission. The reviews are conducted for the twofold purpose of assisting the commission in formulating the official list and of assisting local adoption committees in selecting the textbook programs which best meet their local needs.

The academic standards approved by the State Board of Education and the textbook and instructional materials screening instrument approved by the commission comprise the basis for these reviews. The review by the state advisory panelists shall include an examination as to whether the textbooks or instructional materials:

  1. Conform to the standards for their subject areas or grade levels;
  2. Are free of any clear, substantive, factual or grammatical errors; and
  3. Comply with and reflect the values expressed in § 49-6-1 028(b), if the textbook or instructional materials are being considered for adoption as a textbook or instructional materials for education of students in general studies and specifically in United States history and this nation's republican form of government.

The Tennessee Department of Education provides in-depth training to advisory panelists that includes:

  1. The requirements for performing a thorough review of all textbooks or instructional materials assigned to a member for review.
  2. The scope of the panelists review of the textbooks and instructional materials as outlined above;
  3. The use of any forms developed by the commission for making a review; and
  4. The time frame for completing their tasks.

The review of textbooks and instructional materials by state advisory panelists does not include supplemental instructional materials.

Section A – Local Adoption Year 2016

The following individuals have been chosen to serve as the Advisory Panelists for Section A:

Advisory Panelists Employer Position Panel
Beck, Lauren Metro-Nashville Educator Section A : Information Technology
Darnell, Emily Hamblen County Educator Section A: Human Services
Frazier, Amanda Hamblen County Educator Section A : Information Technology
Hall, Diana Wilson County Educator Section A: Human Services
Manis, Emily Cocke County Educator Section A: Human Services
McPeters, Marta Fentress County Educator Section A: Human Services
Meadows, Shelley Sumner County Educator Section A: Human Services
Mosley, Matt Knox County Educator Section A : Information Technology
Ottinger, Chris Knox County Educator Section A: Advanced Manufacturing
Phifer, Sara Jackson-Madison County Educator Section A: Education and Training
Rawls, Mandy Putnam County Educator Section A: Education and Training
Rudd, Walter Hamblen County Educator Section A : Information Technology
Shrader, Laura Jefferson County Educator Section A: Education and Training
Tantawi, Khalid Motlow State Educator Section A: Advanced manufacturing
Watson, Jay Putnam County Educator Section A : Information Technology
Whaley, Heather Carson-Newman Educator Section A: Human Services

Note: These are draft reviews and have not been edited for grammar not typing errors. Content has been reviewed.

Section I - Local Adoption Year 2015

The Mathematics K-12 Reviews link will direct you to the Mathematics Advisory Panelists' Reviews for all textbooks and instructional resources which were submitted and reviewed. It does not include textbooks and Instructional Resources which were either not bid or were withdrawn after failing to meet all of the required components of section 1 of the screening instrument.

The Mathematics K-12 Publishers Written Responses to Section 2 includes comments from publishers. These comments are written in response to section 2 of the screening instrument. Publishers were allowed to respond to section 1 of the screening instrument in writing and via presentations which occurred on August 23, 2014. In addition, publishers were allowed, and encouraged, to resubmit content based on the reviews of section 1.

Section IV - Local Adoption Year 2014

Section V -  Local Adoption Year 2013

Section VI - Local Adoption Year 2012

Section II - Local Adoption Year 2010


The long-standing philosophy of the State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission has been to provide local school systems with a broad range of flexibility by including all suitable books on the official list. The information provided from the review process is, therefore, intended to assist local adoption committees, not to replace them.

These programs were reviewed by Tennessee teachers using Tennessee standards and considering the needs of Tennessee classrooms. We make no claims regarding the suitability of any of these programs for classrooms outside Tennessee.

Selection Classifications

  • Basal Text
  • Co-Basal Text
  • Alternative Level Text

This designation identifies an on-level resource for use at a particular grade level or course level. The basal should address the standards and grade level/course level expectations of the designated subject area.  The basal program is the resource that local boards of education are required to adopt and encouraged to make available for students.

This designation identifies a resource which addresses one or more elements of the subject area, but fails to address other elements of state standards.  Systems may adopt a co-basal for use as a supplement to address certain elements of the subject area. This category would include supplementary materials which are not a part of a basal text.  Each element addressed in the co-basal program must meet the same standards as the basal programs.  Co-basal texts cannot be purchased as a primary resource for instruction.

This designation may be used to identify texts that address the needs of students not on grade level. Such books are designated as “Alternative Level-Low” or “Alternative Level-High.” These books may be purchased in lieu of the basal text for a limited number of students. Local systems have the option of adopting resources as an alternative level text even though the resource has not been identified on the official list. Alternative level programs should meet the same standards as the basal programs.

Method of Delivery

Technology Dependent

This designation identifies a program at any level which requires technological hardware, software, and/or infrastructure for its implementation. Local school systems adopting these programs are responsible for determining the necessary platforms and infrastructure to support these programs and for providing the technology necessary to deliver instruction.


Programs that may use a variety of delivery methods and that are not exclusively dependent on technology.

Public Comment Form

This form allows individuals to provide feedback on any textbook that has been approved by the State Board of Education.

Error Identification Form

Individuals who choose to report possible errors in textbooks and instructional materials approved by the State Textbook Commission should complete the Corrective Action Feedback Form.

Last Update: April 23, 2015