Education Week’s StateEd Watch features NASBE data on state boards of educations’ review timelines of education standards

From Andrew Ujifusa’s article:

“Much of the talk about the fate of the Common Core State Standards is focused on state legislatures and whether or not they will repeal the standards. But it’s important to remember that in nearly every state, it was state boards of education that adopted the standards in the first place. And standards, once they’re adopted, are typically reviewed, revised, and renewed periodically by these state boards.

So what’s the timeline for such reviews, and what could it mean for the common core, and other content standards, in the future?

The National Association of State Boards of Education has attempted to provide some answers, but the overall picture is pretty murky. According to a report from NASBE, 19 states specify how often state boards review, revise, or take some kind of action regarding their content standards. Florida’s board reviews them every six years, NASBE reports, but there’s no policy stating that it must do so; the District of Columbia reviews standards “periodically.” (Florida tweaked its English/language arts and math standards last year, in fact, but it is still a common-core state.)

The most infrequent review NASBE could find is in Minnesota, where standards are revised or renewed every ten years, although in the North Star State, it’s the education commissioner who takes such action (Minnesota doesn’t have a state school board, and it adopted only the English/language arts standards from the common core). Boards in Kansas, Oregon, and Virginia review standards every seven years, while there’s a six-year timeline in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Other states with specified timelines include Idaho (every five years) and Louisiana (every seven years). Montana has a policy for annual reviews of standards, NASBE reports.

As for the remaining states, NASBE couldn’t find information about how often they have to revisit standards, or else there’s no specific timeline for how often they review standards. …”

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