All Standards, All Students
Educators serving students with complex educational needs find themselves at a fork in the road. For many years, teaching communication and functional life skills have been curricular priorities. For the most part, we were sheltered from the “latest and greatest” trends impacting other teachers and students. This is no longer the case, as the current policy environment in the education world tells us that standards-based instruction is intended to be relevant for all students. The goal of the Common Core State Standards is for all students to leave school “college and career ready”. While this may not, at first hearing, seem to apply to all students, an exploration of this concept’s applicability to students with complex educational needs presents a convincing rationale. Is this shift to standards-based instruction, in fact, a separate road, or are there bridges that link this path with the existing road? Many resources are available for you to explore this issue further, answering these questions for yourself and for your students.