Spotlight on Special Education and the Common Core

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Special Education and the Common Core


The Education Week Spotlight on Special Education and the Common Core is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Field testing common-core assessments
  • Developing alternate assessments for students with cognitive disabilities
  • Using technology to assist with assessment needs
  • Addressing 'read aloud' assistance for common-core assessment

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

Specialized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards are being field-tested for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
April 16, 2014 – Education Week

The two organizations, both federally funded, are developing alternate assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities, but are working under very different theories of learning.
April 23, 2014 – Education Week

But the two state consortia both aim to provide a more-inclusive experience for English-language learners and students with disabilities.
April 23, 2014 – Education Week

While special education teachers hope the standards will help students with disabilities access the general curriculum, they struggle to align individualized education programs to the rigorous academic goals.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week

The developers of tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards wrestle with how to provide assistive technology for students with disabilities, while assuring test security.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week

The consortia developing common assessments are taking different approaches to addressing the controversial issue of accommodations for students with print-related disabilities.
October 30, 2013 – Education Week

Accessibility experts discusses the support features available on forthcoming common-core tests and how they will change the testing experience for students with special needs and English learners.
May 29, 2014 – Education Week

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