A state panel Wednesday began reviewing science standards used in public schools, which have not been changed since 1997 and are the third oldest in the nation.

The update, which was ordered by Louisiana’s top school board, is overseen by a 39-member Standards Committee, mostly educators.

Under that panel are two work groups – 35 and 28 members – that will hammer out new benchmarks for students from kindergarten through eighth grade and high school respectively.

The first draft of the changes is due Nov. 7.

A final vote on the plan is set for Feb. 13 in New Orleans.

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