Policy Guidance for Generative AI just Released

Cover of Guidance Document

From the time I started with my interviews to the time I got through the review, the number of states that had released some sort of AI guidance grew from just a couple to a little over a handful, with two states releasing guidance as I was writing! I reviewed some regional and national guidance documents, as well.

My goal was not to write the definitive “how to” guide on developing AI guidance or policies. I’m not sure anyone can do that at this point, because AI is evolving so quickly. Instead, I tried to learn from those states who first tackled this important issue in order to offer guiding questions leadership teams might consider as they develop their own guidance and policies. For this reason, I call them considerations. The considerations are written in a way that would be suitable for leadership teams at the school, district, or state level.

Not every school, district, or state is going to need to address every consideration. Based on the documents I reviewed, not all states did. But taken as a whole, we can learn from across all of these states—and those that have and will release guidance since this was published—to strengthen new policy documents as they are developed. It was interesting to note the influence of early documents on subsequent documents released afterwards. That’s the spirit of this document: learn from others and move our understanding forward.

I hope the considerations are helpful. They will eventually need review and revision as the capacity and characteristics of AI change over time. Some states astutely labeled their guidance as “1.0.” That’s a good lesson for anyone delving into this realm.