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Why are the ELGs being revised?

Carefully think through the rationale for revising the ELGs. There are a number of reasons why a state may decide to revise ELGs. For example, the state may decide to update the ELGs on a regular schedule (such as every three to five years) or on a schedule that is consistent with the schedule for revising other educational documents (such as the K-12 standards). Perhaps the document should be revised because of new developments within the field. New research is published each year that sheds light on children's development and learning, so ELGs should be revised to reflect current theory and research. There may also be new developments on the national or state level (such as the revision of the Head Start Child Outcome Framework or the state's own Kindergarten standards) that warrant a fresh look at the existing ELGs. ELGs may also need to be revised because specific areas have been identified as weaknesses as the document has been used in the field or because the early childhood services within the state have been reconfigured. They may need to be revised to assure that they are well aligned with other documents within the state. In sum, revising ELGs on a regular basis can ensure that they are current and can be used effectively in the field.

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