Adopted vs. Implemented Standards

When states develop new standards, there are a couple of important milestones of interest to teachers, school districts, and publishers: adoption and implementation.

It might be believed that standards take effect as soon as they are approved (the adoption date), but this is not generally practical; teachers and district employees need time to be introduced to the changes and to develop lesson plans around the new material they are expected to teach. Therefore, states typically specify a date from one to two years in the future at which the standards will be implemented, and teachers will be expected to begin teaching to them. For example, the majority of Texas's current Career and Technical Education standards were adopted in 2015, but the text of the standards states, for each section, "...adopted to be effective August 28, 2017".

If you need to know what's current, what's coming up, and what's out-of-date, we can help. Our standards repository is the go-to for up-to-date information; we can provide access to our Publisher Information Center if you need a regular source of information. Watch the EdGate Twitter feed or you can direct individual questions about standards (what's current? what should we align to?) to our project managers. We look forward to hearing from you when you have inquiries.

By: Michael Walpole
Project Manager