Common Core for Special Education

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Common Core for Special Education

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There has been much discussion in recent years about the advent of Common Core curricula in public schools and how well students learn under it. Common Core is designed to ensure that students are meeting specific learning standards by the end of each grade in the subjects of mathematics and language arts. While some parents and students thrive with Common Core, others experience a great deal of dissatisfaction.

This matter can become particularly dicey when special education students are brought into the mix. Many believe that Common Core standards are too rigorous for special education students and only set them up to fail. In fact, a 2015 article by CBS News showcased a special education student in New York who represented many others who struggled and felt as if they could not learn anything in their Common Core classrooms.

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It should be noted that because of the legal requirement for IEPs, special education students can get support and accommodations in the classroom that can help them with taking tests, answering questions and having additional time for doing their work. However, many feel that these accommodations are not enough to offset Common Core issues.

Teachers on this side of the argument also believe that children who are forced to learn at the same level as their cognitively typical peers do will have lower achievement levels than they would if they learned something more in line with their abilities. While Common Core standards do take into account special education students, they do not state how additional services should be used to assist these students in learning and do not allow teachers to make any changes to the assigned curricula.

On the other side of the issues, some special education teachers do advocate for Common Core standards for special education students, believing that these students require this extra push to search for excellence. Without it, they say, they will not be set up to succeed later in life.

Whichever side of the coin parents choose, they should still see their children getting a great education that sets them up for a lifetime of success and achievement. Parents who are not seeing IEP goals met in the classroom are encouraged to consult with an attorney from Newman Aaronson Vanaman who can discuss IEP needs and even represent the family to the school district or the courts system if required.
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