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.
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.