FAIRFIELD — English textbooks costing $229,889 and meeting Common Core standards are for more than 4,600 high school students in the Fairfield-Suisun School District – the first time in a decade that new books have been adopted for English high school classes in the district, an administrator says.
“The students are very engaged in this curriculum,” said Sheila McCabe, director of secondary education for the district. “Our teachers are very, very excited about this adoption.”
Trustees for the school district meeting Thursday approved adoption of the textbooks that have been piloted in selected classrooms. The textbooks are for students in ninth, 10th and 11th grades.
Carly Lindauer, of New York City-based SpringBoard Publishing, part of the national educational organization the College Board, said it’s not that the books are expensive. It’s the number of students in three grades receiving the books, she said.
Per unit price – including students’ books, teachers’ editions and digital access to the e-book – is about $55, Lindauer said.
McCabe said the $229,889 cost also includes professional development about the curriculum for teachers and administrators. The cost also covers access to an online network about the SpringBoard curriculum.
The English textbooks were approved along with $25,584 for books about American history, biology and other subjects.
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