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On average, how often do states update their standards?

Updated Mar 24, 2021

On average, how often do states update their standards?

Modified on: Mon, 25 Nov, 2019 at 3:54 PM

Most, if not all, of the states revise their standards in some way every year.

It's fairly difficult to throw out a number for how many states change their standards each year. Many states have a regular cycle for reviewing and revising their education standards.  Usually this includes one or two subject areas per year and there is a general cycle of events that occurs in most states.

Often a state will target a different subject for review each year, with a single subject being reviewed and revised each year.  One item to note is that a review of a set of standards by any particular state does not mean that there will be a revision of that document.

For example, Texas originally adopted Language Arts Standards in 1998 and they did a review of these in 2003.  During this review they did not change the standards.  The five year cycle in Texas brought about another review in 2008 when the standards were revised and re-adopted in that year.

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