Common Core unhelpful for special-needs children

Published: Monday, Feb. 24 2014 4:40 p.m. MST

Melissa Grieshober, a third-grade teacher at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del., teaches a math lesson Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Silver Lake Elementary School has begun implementing the national Common Core State Standards for academics. But special needs children aren't finding much help from the Common Core.

Steve Ruark, Associated Press

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Special-needs children aren’t finding any help from the Common Core standards, The Atlantic reported. Though Common Core’s standards call for special-needs students to find help and support in doing the work, there are no instructions on where and how to find assistive technology and services, The Atlantic reported.

“As any of my special-ed student teachers can tell you, and as research has shown, restricting students to curricula beyond their cognitive capacities substantially lowers their achievement,” wrote Katharine Beals for The Atlantic. “The purported goal of the Common Core is success for all students. But success for all requires openness towards cognitive diversity, and isn’t so easily standardized.”

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