We are at the beginning of a new English Language Arts adoption for our elementary and secondary schools. The initial steps start with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) working through a process of reviewing materials to determine which programs meet the state criteria. The process includes specific rules: alignment to the state board adopted standards, accessibility for all students, criteria for state and local committees (more information is included in the link at the bottom of this page). The adoption process is based on a seven year cycle, with the state standards updated the year prior to the adoption. Per ODE’s published required criteria, “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.