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Instructional Materials

Instructional materials used in Oregon’s classrooms need to reflect the most current information and research and be aligned to academic content standards. To this end, these instructional materials are subject, by law, to a review process and must meet established specifications and criteria in order to be approved by the State Board of Education for use in classrooms. 

Helpful Resources:

  • FAQs about IDEA and NIMAS: Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Individuals with Disabilities in Education (IDEA) Act and the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).
  • National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC): A central repository that receives and catalogs publishers' electronic files of print instructional materials in a standard (NIMAS) format. NIMAC significantly expedites the time frame in which instructional materials are delivered to students with special needs in the classroom.
  • Northwest Textbook Depository: Serves as a one-stop resource for K-12 instructional materials in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. This resource eliminates the need to contact each publisher directly, saving time, reducing freight costs and simplifying purchasing procedures.
  • Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS): An information literacy website that provides resources to learn research skills, includes an APA and MLA citation generator, and connects Oregon users to a suite of periodicals databases. After clicking on your role (Elementary Student, Elementary Educator, Secondary Student, or Secondary Educator), students and staff in Oregon public and private schools can click on Find Information to access thousands of nonfiction articles, most of which have Lexile levels. To receive your district or private school’s database login or for questions, contact Jennifer Maurer, the School Library Consultant at the Oregon State Library. The website and database subscriptions are supported through a Library Services and Technology Act grant.
  • Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA): Has a mission to protect, promote and inform software companies and the digital content industry.
  • State Instructional Materials Review Association
  • The Association of American Publishers (AAP): Represents publishers of all sizes and types located throughout the country and is the principal trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry.
  • Northwest Educational Resource Association (NWRA): A professional organization that supports partnership between educational resource providers and the school districts they serve. 

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