Advisory Commission on Textbook Specifications 

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 (9) voting members of this Commission, six being appointed by each of the three associations.

ACTS SIMRA Delegation Nominations: (3 Voting Members):

Randall Lee, ACTS Chair
Cliff Rudnick, ACTS Vice Chair
Alan Griffin, SIMRA Delegation Chair

Partner Organizations:

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.


State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

In 2016, SIMRA became an affiliate of the State Education Technology Directors Association (SEDTA),  a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership association launched by state education agency leaders in 2001 to serve, support and represent their emerging interests and needs with respect to the use of technology for teaching, learning, and school operations.


1) ADVOCACY: Advocate for education and technology policies and practices designed to effectively leverage technology for learning.

2) STATE ACTION: Inspire and assist states to act collaboratively to advance education through technology policy and practice.

3) STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: Establish and engage in strategic partnerships to advance education through technology policy and practice.

4) PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: Provide relevant, high-quality professional learning opportunities for members.

5) COMMUNICATIONS: Ensure effective communication between and among SETDA, our members, strategic partners, and other key audiences.

6) OPERATIONS: Provide effective organizational governance, planning, and management to fulfill our mission.

The SETDA mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. In carrying out this mission, we are committed to:

    • Serving every U.S. state and territorial education agency
    • Maintaining a future-focused, holistic view on how to leverage technology for education
    • Fostering collaboration among our members, strategic partners and other education leaders and policymakers
    • Taking action on important issues facing public education