Special Education Students’ Ability To Meet Common Core Standards Debated


Hechinger Report (7/30) article describes the EngageNY curriculum developed by the New York State Education Department to coordinate with the Common Core Standards, and profiles a special-needs teacher who initially opposed the Common Core because she worried that her fourth-grade students, “whose reading is two to three levels below others their age, would be unable to handle the increased rigor along with a scripted approach to teaching and learning.” The piece describes how teachers have had to “modify” the materials to “meet the diverse needs” of their students. The article says that it is uncertain “whether students with disabilities can meet these new, more rigorous standards.”