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Common Core State Standards and Students with Disabilities

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy are the foundation of the K–12 Oregon Diploma for all students. The CCSS mathematics and ELA standards are defined by six shifts that focus instruction and four claims that describe what students should know and be able to do. The CCSS include reading and writing standards customized for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.

Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities must be challenged to excel within the general curriculum and be prepared for success in their post-school lives. The implementation of the CCSS provides an historic opportunity to improve access to rigorous academic content standards for students with disabilities.

Tools for Writing IEPs


Deconstructed Standards (Alabama)
This draft document from the Alabama Department of Education breaks the CCSS into smaller targets, providing a valuable tool for all teachers as well as a resource for writing standards-based IEPs.

  • ELA & Literacy
  • Math

  • Considerations for Students with Disabilities
    This presentation provides program information and considerations regarding CCSS implementation for students with disabilities.
    Seven Step Process to Creating Standards-based IEPs
    This document from NASDSE presents a seven-step process for developing IEPs that are aligned with state academic grade-level content standards. Each step is followed by guiding questions for the IEP team to consider in making data-based decisions.
    Standards-based IEP Examples
    This document is a more detailed companion to The Seven Step Process for Creating Standards-based IEPs. Two student examples are provided to illustrate application of the components of a standards-based IEP.

    Special Education Informational Documents

    Access for All: Six Principles for Principals to Considered in Implementing CCSS for Students with Disabilities
    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative provides an historic opportunity to improve access to rigorous academic content standards for students with disabilities. However, implementation of CCSS must begin with the characteristics of these students clearly in mind.
    Application to Students with Disabilities
    Two page brief from the Common Core State Standards Initiative web site.
    Implications for Students Receiving Special Education Services
    This white paper from the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) discusses how the CCSS can meet the needs of all students.

    Promoting a culture of high expectations for all students is a fundamental goal of the CCSS. To ensure that students with disabilities participate with success in the general curriculum, meet high academic standards, and fully demonstrate conceptual and procedural knowledge and skills, students with diverse needs, as appropriate, may be provided with additional supports and services.

    Instructional Supports for Learning

    Instructional supports for learning based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) foster student engagement by presenting information in multiple ways and allowing for diverse avenues of action and expression. The principles of UDL promote equal opportunities to learn for all students.

    National Center on Universal Design for Learning
  • About UDL
  • Three Principles of UDL
  • Resource Library

  • Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
  • About UDL
  • Educators Learning & Practicing UDL
  • Learning Tools

  • Georgia Department of Education
  • UDL Training Video with Handouts: Part 1
  • UDL Training Video with Handouts: Part 2

  • UDL Technology Toolkit - Kentucky Department of Education

    Instructional Accommodations

    Instructional accommodations are supports that maximize learning. These supports consist of strategies that consider each individual student’s unique strengths, needs, and learning preferences within the classroom environment. Accommodations change materials and procedures allowing students to learn within the framework of the CCSS, but do not change the standards.

    National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
  • About Accommodations
  • Publications & Resources
  • Oregon's Accommodations Manual

    Assistive Technology

    Assistive technology (AT) devices and services, along with accessible instructional materials (AIM), ensure access to the general education curriculum and the CCSS for all students.

    National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials
  • The Purchase Accessible Learning Materials (PALM) Initiative
  • About AIM
  • AIM Teaching and Training Resources
  • Accessibility Resources
  • AIM Resources for Teachers
  • AIM Resources for District Administrators
  • AIM Resources for Parents

  • Oregon AIM and AT Resources

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      Regional Programs/Best Practices - Education Program Specialist

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