Each year the state of SC establishes priorities for purchasing instructional materials and resources for our students. Currently, the state is funding new science materials for kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Before the process reaches our schools, the SC State Board of Education seeks stakeholder input from across the state and approves a broad list of textbooks for schools to review. Following state approval, textbook publishers formally presented their materials to school districts and distributed samples of their resources for our review.
The K-8 Science Textbooks selection process has been completed at the state level and it is now time to complete the approval process at the district level. SDPC invites the public to review textbooks and instructional materials that have been proposed for use in Pickens County schools for Science.
There were twelve elementary textbook publishers and six middle school textbook publishers approved by the state. We have narrowed those resources to focus on four elementary textbooks and three middle school textbooks. Our K-8 science teachers are reviewing and giving input in the final selection, and we are now opening our community stakeholder review as well.
The materials will be on display in person and online from March 7 through March 18, 2022 with instructions for submitting comments available in person and online.
Community stakeholders may review and give feedback on the resources in two ways:
In-person at Central Services
Curtis A. Sudden Administrative Building - 1348 Griffin Mill Road, Easley, SC 29640
8:30am until 4:00pm Monday through Friday
OR online by visiting: https://sites.google.com/pickens.k12.sc.us/sdpc-k-8-science/home.
Login information for the textbook publisher sites are listed at this link.
There will also be a link to a survey that will allow you to give us feedback.
You are also welcome to preview information here as well.
Our goal is to be able to send the SDPC Board of Trustees the final recommendation for each level the week of March 21. This timeline is crucial in order to receive instructional materials prior to the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.
We appreciate your input in this process.