There has definitely been a shift in the special education world in my district. Students who are in a significant support needs classroom with an IQ of 55-70ish, are now to work towards common core state standards. Before, students who qualified for the alternate assessment via IEP team meeting, checklist and records review, could take it. But now, we can't even consider it without a records review and a score of 55 or below somewhere in their history. Here in Colorado, we don't have an in between. Students either take the Dynamic Learning Maps or the PARCC assessment.
This totally sucks for my students and my classroom. While for the most part, the DLM assessment is completely too easy for these students, PARCC is entirely too difficult, straining and stressful for students who do not work on academic tasks at grade level or even close to grade level. I currently have two students who qualify to having an Intellectual Disability, but are now required to take PARCC.
With this new information, I have struggled. I'm not going to lie. All these standards. My instructions from administration is to get these students to grade level. Yes, you heard me, grade level. I've got my work cut out for me. I had to make a plan.
I tried to dig deep into the Common Core standards. But with my students being 3-4 grade levels behind, the back and forth was killing me. So I decided to create a vertical alignment of all the K-5 standards for Reading, Writing and Math. I can now use this to graze up and down each standard to see where my students are and what skills they need to master to get to grade level without the hassle of flipping between pages or webpages. This document has been SOOO helpful in making a plan for my standards-based IEP goals and objectives.