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Content Standards Review and Revision

Are your content standards clear, coherent, consistent, and comprehensive, embodying the rigor needed to prepare students for college and careers? WestEd’s review and revision processes for standards are customized to meet state and local client needs.

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Who Will Benefit

  • State and District/Local Leaders responsible for, or interested in, reviewing or revising standards to ensure rigorous academic content leading to college and career readiness for all students
  • States, Districts, and Schools considering, or in the process of, reviewing or revising their standards, including state-specific standards; Common Core State Standards or other college- and career-readiness standards; Next Generation Science Standards; and standards related to career and technical education, early childhood education, and English language learners

Service Details

Planned review and revision of academic content standards is a critical endeavor for states and school districts as priorities for instruction shift over time in response to the changing education context at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels.

WestEd provides quality services to help state and local clients undertake this effort. Services include review of standards, and/or facilitation; and technical support for educator external review of the standards.

WestEd’s review and revision processes for standards are customized to meet client needs. They may include meetings with the client’s staff and stakeholders and either technical support for educators reviewing the standards, or an independent review of standards by WestEd content specialists.

Post-review steps include presentation of findings (e.g., summary reports) and, if relevant, overview of proposed revisions and recommendations.

Depending on the scope of work, the process can usually be completed in two to six months. WestEd researchers emphasize the importance of establishing, as best practice, a schedule to review standards every two years with the assistance of subject-matter experts who are also stakeholders in the particular education system undertaking the review (i.e., local teachers).

What Makes This Service Unique

WestEd has provided standards review and revision services to numerous states and districts, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oregon, and Maricopa County (AZ).

Our work has enabled states and districts to meet research-supported guidelines for the development and implementation of rigorous college- and career-readiness standards that promote effective teaching and valued student learning outcomes.

Who Facilitates This Service

WestEd’s standards review and revision processes are led by senior researchers who have significant national-, state-, and local-level experience in review and revision protocols. Assisting them are a cadre of content specialists who are familiar with standards at all grade levels and are experienced in evaluating and revising standards.

Our senior researchers work closely with clients to understand their needs, and then design and propose a process to best meet those needs.

What Research Informs the Work

WestEd’s standards review and revision services are grounded in research- and best-practice recommendations from various publications, including the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, & NCME, 2014), the National Resource Council’s Knowing What Students Know (2002), and the U.S. Department of Education Peer Review of State Assessment Systems – Non-Regulatory Guidance for States.

In addition, our review and revision of standards are grounded in well-respected, research-based recommended practices, such as those from other countries (e.g., Finland), the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and other organizations (e.g., Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and National Council of Teachers of English).


Cost varies based on the numbers of sets of standards to be reviewed and/or revised. Cost factors also include technical support, meetings, and travel.

Learn More

To learn more, contact Bryan Hemberg at 510.302.4298 or