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Academic standards describe what children need to know and be able to do. When you read your state academic standards, you'll know what your child should know and be able to do in each grade - what the school should be teaching each child, including children with disabilities. Your state may refer to them as "academic standards" or "grade level expectations" or "curriculum frameworks."

What do you know about your state's academic standards? Go to the website of your state department of education. Download your state's academic content standards.

Over the past 5 years, education chiefs and governors in many states have developed what is called the Common Core Standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. A number of states have voluntarily adopted these standards, while some states have retreated from adopting these standards.

On this page you will find information, articles, reports, free pubs, and resources about the Common Core Standards, the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), implementation issues, challenges and concerns, accommodations, and alternate assessments.

We must ensure that students with disabilities benefit from the Common Core State Standards. Student proficiency and educational outcomes depend on both standards and accountability. These standards should be designed to reflect the knowledge and skills that a child with a disability will need to prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.


PARCC Adopts Spec. Ed. Testing Policy For Common Core. Students with disabilities will be able to use read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts portion of the common core tests.

LDA Concered PARCC manual is Too Restrictive. Certain students with specific learning disabilities may not receive appropriate accommodations. Ted Talk: Math Needs a Makeover.

Some States are Pushing Back on Standards.

States Pull Back From Common Core Standards.

Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Students with Learning Disabilities. video iconWebinar presented by Louisa Moats, Ed.D, Margaret McLaughlin, Ph.D., and George Batsche, Ed.D. (May 23, 2013). Webinar Handout (PDF) and Slides (PDF) from the RTI Action Network.

Ted Talk: Math Needs a Makeover video iconby Dan Meyer.

Reading Comprehension Programs and Assessment by Sue Whitney.

Stand With Us and Say "NO" to Low Expectations for Students by guest blogger, Cheryl Poe.

More States Delay Common Core Testing as Concerns Grow (Washington Post, January 2014).

The Common Core is Tough on Kids with Special Needs (The Atlantic, February 2014).

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Implementing the Common Core Standards, website of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI).

Common Core Standards in the States Map.

Common Core Resources from The Council of Chief State School Officers.

Revised Publishers' Criteria for the Common Core State Standards, K-2, in English Language Arts and Literacy. The standards coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers, developed in collaboration with states, teachers, school administrators, and content experts.

Revised Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards, Grades 3–12, in English Language Arts and Literacy.

The Common Core State Standards from the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).

The Common Core State Standards from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY will close September 2014).

The Common Core State Standards from the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), the NICHCY Legacy Resource.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

PARCC States.

Common Core Resources for Parents of Students with Disabilities, New York State Department of Education.

Tools for Teaching the Common Core, EduCore.com.

Oregon DOE CCSS Toolkit

Instructional Shifts, Achieve the Core.org

Smarter Balanced

Common Sense for Common Core from Scholastic.

The Literacy Design Collaborative -a loosely affiliated group of teachers and other partners building out a template-based approach to the literacy demands of college and the workplace, as defined by the Common Core State Standards.

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