The Arizona Standards Development Committee recently released a draft of the updated English language arts and math standards for grades K-12. As a best practice, academic standards are typically reviewed every five years or so to allow for continuous feedback and improvement. Beginning in 2015, the Committee worked with more than 200 teachers to review over 2,000 public comments and make recommendations for updates.

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You have an opportunity to weigh in.

Now that the initial drafts have been released, a 45-day public comment period is underway and will close on October 3, 2016. We encourage parents, educators, and community members to review the changes and submit any feedback online or at one of the public events being held throughout the state in mid-September.

The subcommittees and working groups will review all the additional feedback that is gathered and make additional edits to the drafts as needed. A final version will be presented to the Arizona Standards Development Committee and then if approved, will be submitted to the State Board of Education for a final vote.

Expect More Arizona is supportive of an ongoing review process and is thankful to the Arizona teachers who volunteered to ensure that our standards will prepare all students to graduate from high school ready for career and postsecondary training and education. We look forward to reviewing the draft revisions to the standards to confirm they are rigorous, coherent, clear, focused, specific, and measurable.

Additional background:

In March 2015, Governor Ducey asked the State Board of Education to review and clarify Arizona’s 2010 English language arts and math standards.  Since that time, SBE created the Arizona Standards Development Committee, which consists of 17 members, to oversee the process. The Committee gathered more than 2,000 public comments on the 2010 standards last fall, both online and at public hearings across the state. Subcommittees and working groups were formed to facilitate the process, with participants selected from K-12 school districts and charter schools and higher education faculty.