Adoption and Purchase of Textbooks

Ohio public school districts must adopt or purchase printed or electronic textbooks from publishers approved by the Ohio Department of Education that have agreed to sell textbooks to school districts in Ohio at a price no more than the lowest list wholesale price available to school districts in any other state. Publishers also must meet accessibility requirements outlined in law. Ohio is a local adoption state; therefore, individual school districts may choose the textbooks that best meet the needs of their curriculum, as long as all publishers are chosen from the approved list.

Please notify the Department if an approved publisher fails to comply and offers or lists a price for a printed or electronic textbook higher than the wholesale list price in another state.

Neither the State of Ohio nor the Ohio Department of Education endorse or recommend textbooks or publishers. Please review the Pricing and Accessibility Compliant List and contact publishers directly for pricing.

Please note, the Department does not approve the content of the textbooks or educational materials sold by approved textbook publishers nor does the Department represent that the content of the textbooks or educational materials align with Ohio’s operating and educational standards.

Pricing and Accessibility Compliant Publishers

Instructions for Pricing and Accessibility Compliance 

Textbook publishers requesting to be placed on the list must satisfy the requirements set forth in Ohio Revised Code 3329.01 and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-21 each year. For more information, download this information packet:

Guidelines for the Use of Electronic Textbooks and Materials Used in the Course of Instruction

These guidelines provide a summary of factors for districts to consider when electing to use electronic textbooks and other electronic devices and materials used in the course of classroom instruction.


Last Modified: 11/8/2022 4:21:56 PM

Pursuant to ORC 3301.079 (B) (3) and 3313.60, it is the responsibility of Ohio's local boards of education to vet and approve curriculum and educational materials for use in the public schools within their district. The use of any materials posted or linked to on the Ohio Department of Education website, including materials within Ohio’s Learning Standards or Appendices or any state model curricula or other educational resource material, is entirely up to the discretion of each local board of education.