ACQUISITION & RECONSIDERATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES IN LISD
Whether textbooks, library books, or digital educational applications, Lewisville ISD is dedicated to providing exceptional, age-appropriate resources for all students.
Instructional resources are selected to meet the requirements of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the needs of the District's adopted curriculum. Additionally, library books are chosen based on the support they can provide to the curriculum, personal interests of students, and recommendations by employees, parents, and students.
Governance of Instructional Resources
In addition to federal and state law, Lewisville ISD has its own Board Policies governing instructional materials and school libraries:
LISD Board Policy guides the selection of Instructional Resources:
- EF (Legal) - Instructional Resources
- EF (Local)- Instructional Resources
- EFA (Legal)- Instructional Materials
- EFB (Legal)- Library Media
Lewisville ISD INSTRUCTIONAL Resource SELECTION:
General Instructional Materials Selection:
- Selection of resources is an ongoing process that includes the removal of resources no longer appropriate and the periodic replacement or repair of resources that still have educational value
- Resources must follow the policy guidelines, including:
- Support and are consistent with the general educational goals of the state and District and the aims and objectives of individual schools and specific courses consistent with the District and campus improvement plans.
- Meet high standards for artistic quality and/or literary style, authenticity, educational significance, factual content, physical format, presentation, readability, and technical quality.
- Are appropriate for the subject area and for the age, ability level, learning styles, and social and emotional development of the students for whom they are selected.
Campus Library Curation:
Classroom Library Curation:
In curating a classroom library, LISD teachers will:
- consider the TEKS as well as DIP/CIP when selecting books
- include a variety of genres and text levels
- ensure books are appropriate for their students
- select books that allow students to experience our pluralistic society
Instructional Resource Challenge/Reconsideration process:
If a parent or community member has a concern about instructional resources, the following steps will occur:
- The principal or designee shall explain the school’s selection process, the criteria for selection, and the qualifications of the professional staff who selected the questioned resource.
- The principal or designee shall explain the intended educational purpose of the resource and any additional information regarding its use.
- If appropriate, the principal or designee may offer a concerned parent an alternative instructional resource to be used by that parent’s child in place of the challenged resource.
- If the complainant wishes to make a formal challenge, the principal or designee shall provide the complainant a copy of EF Local policy and the LISD electronic form to request a formal reconsideration of the resource.
After meeting with campus principal, if a person wants to pursue a complainant formally, they shall make any formal objection to an instructional resource on the form provided by the District and shall submit the completed and signed form online. Upon receipt of the form, the principal shall appoint a reconsideration committee.
The reconsideration committee shall include at least one member of the instructional staff who has experience using the challenged resource with students or is familiar with the challenged resource’s content. Other members of the committee may include District- level staff, library staff, secondary-level students, parents, and any other appropriate individuals.
All members of the committee shall review the challenged resource in its entirety. As soon as reasonably possible, the committee shall meet and determine whether the challenged resource conforms to the principles of selection set out in this policy. The committee shall prepare a written report of its findings and provide copies to the principal, the Superintendent or designee, and the complainant.