"Letting pitchmen from publishing houses determine a school system's texts, is like three wolves and a sheep voting on who's for dinner."









"In considering textbooks for adoption, States and school districts should: (a) evaluate texts and other materials on their ability to present rigorous and challenging material clearly; and (b) require publishers to furnish evaluation data on the material's effectiveness."

-A Nation at Risk (1983)



Evaluating Textbooks I 

-Karen Krug and Crystal Springs






Physical Aspects


Teacher's Edition



Evaluating Textbooks II 

- Gerald Kulm, JoEllen Roseman,

 and Michelle Treistman


In today's classrooms, textbooks serve as tool and tutor, guidebook and gauge . To make the most effective use of a textbook, however, teachers must decide which textbooks are appropriate for their needs. A teacher needs to determine the extent to which a textbook focuses on and is aligned with a coherent set of significant, age-appropriate student learning goals that the teacher, school, or district has identified as integral to the understanding of and progress in a particular academic subject. They must also assess how well a textbook's instructional design effectively supports the attainment of those specified learning goals. The only way to gain this information is through careful evaluations of textbooks and other curriculum materials.


These guidelines may be helpful:



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