Advisory Commission on Textbook Specifications

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The ADVISORY COMMISSION ON TEXTBOOK SPECIFICATIONS (ACTS) is comprised of three participating Associations: State Instructional Materials Review Association (SIMRA,), Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI), and Association of American Publishers (AAP). The purpose of this Commission is to conduct studies and research programs and tests to determine durability and other pertinent performance factors of elementary and high school textbooks; to develop and recommend standards and specifications on manufacturing processes and materials for such textbooks in order to maintain appropriate standards of quality and performance.

There are eighteen (18) voting members of this Commission, six being appointed by each of the three associations.

ACTS SIMRA Delegation Nominations: (6 Voting Members):

Randall Lee, ACTS Chair
Cliff Rudnick, ACTS Vice Chair
Alan Griffin, SIMRA Delegation Chair
Monty Wilson
Tracey Gruber
Kriss Stewart

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Partner Organizations

Association of American Publishers (AAP)

Book Manufacturer’s Institute (BMI)

MSST Manufacturing Standards and Specifications for Textbooks (MSST)

The purpose of Manufacturing Standards and Specifications for Textbooks has been to maintain appropriate physical standards of quality and performance for elementary and high school instructional materials, and may include textbooks, related educational materials, bound, unbound, kit or package form, and technology-based materials. These standards provide a format for publishers and content providers to fully disclose the quality of physical characteristics attended to in the production of the instructional materials. These standards and specifications are intended as a guide to aid the manufacturer, the publisher, the textbook administrator, and the general public.

These standards and specifications in no way preclude anyone, whether he or she has approved the standard or specification or not, from manufacturing, marketing, purchasing, or using products, processes, or procedures not conforming to the standard or specification.

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