Common-Core Tests in Works for Students With Severe Disabilities
Severe cognitive disabilities require unique assessments
Mary Skinner-Alexander, a high school special education teacher in the Sioux Falls, S.D., district, has a student who communicates by directing his gaze at printed cards. Other students in her self-contained special education class of 9th through 12th graders are reading at the level of early-elementary students.
And all will be expected to learn—and be tested on—academics based on the Common Core State Standards.
Two groups of states are working on creating alternate assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities, in work similar to the better-known test development for the general education population currently underway by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College...
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