Why Adoption Of Standards Matters

By Learning Forward
February 2016
A total of 39 states have adopted, adapted, or endorsed the Standards for Professional Learning, including the standards issued in 2011 (labeled in red) and those published earlier (labeled in blue). Making a commitment to the standards is a commitment to continuous learning for all educators in a school. What Adoption Means When a state adopts the standards, they become part of the state’s policies and regulations. In Arizona, for example, the standards are listed verbatim in a June 2012 state policy document with the statement, “These standards shall guide all ADE [Arizona Department of Education] involvement with Local Education Agencies (LEA), schools, programs (e.g. Early Childhood, CTE, Adult Education, etc.), and educators that are related to educators’ professional learning and shall guide agency interactions

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Arizona Department of Education. (2012, June). Policies and procedure: Professional development standards and practices. Available at

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