Issue

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the content of the current ELG document?

  • It is important to conduct formal analyses of the content of the existing ELG document to identify strengths, weaknesses, and linkages/alignment with other documents currently being used in the field. States that are revising their ELGs should look back at how the document was reviewed/analyzed during the original development process and decide what type of review/analysis would be most helpful to guide the revision process. If the original draft was not thoroughly reviewed/analyzed, it will be very useful to conduct a review/analysis before the revision process is started. Even if a thorough review/analysis was conducted as part of the original development process, it may still be useful to conduct additional reviews/analyses of the content. New research may be available and a review could provide some indication as to how the ELGs should be revised to reflect the new research. Providers may now be required or encouraged to use curricula and/or assessments that were not being used at the time the original ELGs were developed, or the state's kindergarten standards may have been revised. Results from the review/analysis can shed light on issues that need to be addressed during the revision process.
  • It is also important to review the content of the ELG document to determine if the ELGs are as parsimonious as possible and reflect the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are most essential for children's learning and development. Are the current ELGs all of equal importance, or are there some that are less essential? If your state has a large number of ELGs, perhaps there are some that can be eliminated or combined.

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