Q: Why has it taken so long to complete the K-12 ASL Content Standards?

A: Developing academic content standards for the first time is a complex process–more complex than we had predicted. The process has required two phases. The Clerc Center was committed to investing the time and resources necessary to develop L1 standards, obtain input, and make necessary revisions to reflect the language development process and to support teachers’ use of the Standards in ASL instruction. Like the Common Core State Standards, which took 7 years to develop, it takes time to develop quality standards.