Core standards and LD?

At a meeting I’m attending, folks are discussing the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Common Core State Standards Initiative. Here’s the basics:

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

>>snip< < These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards: * Are aligned with college and work expectations; * Are clear, understandable and consistent; * Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills; * Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards; * Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and * Are evidence-based.

What do readers think about the idea of common standards, especially with regard to students with Learning Disabilities? Good idea overall? Good idea for our kids? Good idea with reservations? What reservations? Send this puppy to the kennel? Why?

2 Responses to “Core standards and LD?”


  • The Auburn School has multiple campuses in two states. Our special needs school drew us to investigating core standards. Our curriculum is inquiry and project based and our students range from students with Aspergers, AD/HD and related issues. National Core standards will help us provide a focus on readiness for the world of learning and work beyond K-12. However, as pioneers in schools of our type, we will be working to match the standards to our students’ needs and way of learning. If anyone else is in a special needs school, I would be interested in hearing your plans and about your experiences.

  • As an elementary school special education teacher, I believe core standards movement will help parents and teachers “keep their eye on the prize.”

    In my past experience as a substitute, I’ve worked with 5th grade students on how to solve subtraction with regrouping problems. I wondered to myself, “If they don’t master this skill now, will it remain one of their IEP goals until 8th grade?” If so, I say give the kid a calculator and expose him to 8th grade skills/concepts!

    I think having a unified set of core standards will help keep parents and teachers focused on the big picture-graduating high school and preparing students for life after high school.

    I’m excited to see how it works out!

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