Common Core Standards – What is our role?
The Common Core Standards (CCS) were created to provide “a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them (www.corestandards.org).” As Special Educators, our role in helping students to meet these standards is important.
We found some tips for Learning Specialists and Speech-Language Pathologists to keep in mind, as suggested by Perry Flynn (M.Ed. CCC/SLP North Carolina Department of Public Instruction) who presented at the American Speech & Hearing Association Schools Conference in July 2012:
DO integrate CCS into special education services. Go to www.corestandards.org, print the CCS and bring to your IEP meetings.
DO develop IEP goals to help children achieve common core standards to align with general education expectations. Use previous grade level standards if appropriate.
DON’T copy standards verbatim into IEP goals, as they are expected for all children. Our role as special educators is to provide specialized direct instruction to help students achieve them.
Looking for more information on the Common Core and students with special needs? This article from Education Week is a good place to start.