Issue

Examples from other states’ ELG documents

Rationale:

States often find it helpful to look at examples of ELG documents developed by another state when they are developing their own ELGs.

Recommendation(s):

ELG documents from other states can be used as reference materials during the ELG development process. ELG committees often find it useful to look at other states' ELG documents to get ideas on what areas of development other states addressed, how they structured their ELGs, etc.

Considerations:

The extent to which committees use examples from other states varies. Some states simply look through other ELG documents for ideas, others have taken larger sections of another state's ELG document and adapted them for their own purpose, and a few states have adopted large portions or all of another state's ELG document. It is more efficient to use ELGs from another state. When using exemplars from another state, however, it is important to make sure that the ELGs that are developed reflect the uniqueness of the state where they will be used. Wholesale adoption of another state's ELG document without some process for involving stakeholders in a careful examination and agreement upon the content may result in less stakeholder "buy-in" for the document. If examples or large portions of another state's ELGs are used, committees should carefully consider any adaptations that are necessary to ensure that the ELGs reflect the unique context and characteristics of the target audience for which the committee is writing their state's ELGs. Portions of another state's ELGs used in an ELG document should be cited appropriately and/or used with permission from the authoring state.

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