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Supplementary Instructional Materials   

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The Los Angeles County Board of Education encourages the use of supplementary instructional materials that are relevant to curriculum objectives and compatible with Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) goals and objectives and Common Core curriculum standards. By using such materials, teachers may introduce content and instructional strategies that enrich the curriculum, enhance learning, enable students to make critical judgments, and stimulate their intellectual growth. These materials shall supplement and not supplant the use of County Board- adopted basic instructional materials that serve as the primary learning resources.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0200 - Board Priorities for LACOE)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

Supplementary instructional materials include, but are not limited to, instructional materials that are designed to serve one or more of the following purposes: (Education Code 60010)

1. To provide more complete coverage of one or more subjects included in a given course

2. To meet the various learning ability levels of students in a given age group or grade level

3. To meet the diverse educational needs of students with a language disability in a given age group or grade level

4. To meet the diverse educational needs of students reflective of a condition of cultural pluralism

5. To use current relevant technology that further engages interactive learning in the classroom and beyond

(cf. 6142.91 - English/Language Arts Instruction)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

(cf. 6142.93 - Science Instruction)

(cf. 6142.94 - History-Social Science Instruction

Supplementary materials may be selected by the County Superintendent or designee, school administrators, or teachers as applicable, and obtained through donations to the district/ and or available funding sources designated for these purposes. The County Board may exclude materials from classroom teaching because they are educationally unsuitable and unrelated to goals specified in Education code 233.5, but not because the materials contain ideas to which County Board or community members object.

(cf. 1260 - Educational Foundation)

(cf. 3290 - Gifts, Grants and Bequests)

(cf. 4132/4232/4332 - Publication or Creation of Materials)

Supplementary instructional materials must also be consistent with criteria developed for the selection and evaluation of other instructional materials as indicated in AR 6161.1-Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials and shall relate directly to the course of study in which they are being used and shall be appropriate for the age and maturity level of the student. If the teacher believes that the materials may be in conflict with LACOE criteria, the teacher shall confer with the principal or designee before using them.

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

When using supplementary materials, teachers shall provide appropriate introductory and follow-up activities. In addition, teachers shall ensure that supplementary materials do not supplant the use of basic texts or teaching activities.

The use or reproduction of supplementary instructional materials shall be in accordance with federal copyright law.

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

Scientific Collecting Permits

The County Superintendent is authorized to develop regulations governing the processing of applications to collect tidal invertebrate, marine or terrestrial specimens for educational purposes which are submitted by individuals associated with, and/or endorsed by, schools and educational institutions.

(cf. 6141.2 - Recognition of Religious Beliefs and Customs)

(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction)

(cf. 6144 - Controversial Issues)

Supplementary Materials Aligned with Common Core Standards for Grades K-8

To prepare LACOE students to achieve the Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics and the English language development standards, as applicable, the County Board may select supplementary instructional materials from the lists of materials determined by the State Board of Education (SBE) to be aligned with those standards for grades K-8. (Education Code 60605.86-60605.88)

The County Board may approve supplementary instructional materials for grades K-8 that are not on the lists approved by the SBE but which are aligned with the Common Core Standards provided that the materials comply with the evaluation criteria established by the SBE and Education Code 60050, 60060-60062, and 60226. The County Board shall select content review experts who possess the qualifications specified in law to review and recommend such supplementary materials. The majority of the content review experts shall be teachers

who are credentialed and/or authorized in the subject area they are reviewing and the remainder shall include appropriate persons from postsecondary educational institutions, school and district curriculum administrators, and other persons who are knowledgeable in the subject area. (Education Code 60605.86-60605.88)

Legal Reference:


233.5 Duty regarding instruction in morals, manners, and citizenship

18111 Exclusion of books by governing board

51510 Prohibited study or supplemental materials

51511 Religious matters properly included

51933 Sex education materials

60010 Definitions

60050 Social content review of instructional materials

60060-60062 Requirements of publishers

60200.7 Suspension of state instructional materials adoptions

60226 Learner verification of instructional materials

60242 Uses of instructional materials funds

60400 Adoption of high school instructional materials

60605.8 Common Core Standards

60605.86-60605.88 Supplemental instructional materials aligned with Common Core Standards

60811.3 English language development standards


McCarthy v. Fletcher, (1989) 207 Cal. App. 3d 130

Fowler v. Board of Education of Lincoln County, (1978) 819 F.2d 657

Management Resources:


Standards for Evaluating Instructional Materials for Social Content, 2000



California Department of Education:


adopted: April 9, 2013 Downey, California