The state Board of Education approved Saturday the use of textbooks for the next six years that will teach evolution, writing at least a temporary end to a dispute between evolutionists and creationists.

The decision will take effect with the 1991-92 academic year and because of the massive orders Texas places with textbook publishers, the standards for Texas schools are imposed on educators in other states who use the same books.The 11-4 vote drew predictable reactions from the two sides.

Michael Hudson, of People for the American Way, said it "will go a long way in reversing the trend toward scientific illiteracy in the country."

But creationism proponent Mel Gabler said, "The board voted against its own proclamation to include counter-evidence theories to evolution."

Creationism ascribes the origin of all living things to God; evolutionism holds that all species developed from earlier forms.