New Curriculum for Students with Disabilities

Research shows that aligning assessments and instruction to standards improves learning outcomes for all students, including those with disabilities. To help teachers focus on standards-based learning, PCI Education, provider of resources for students with special needs, has developed Academic Curriculum Framework. The comprehensive, K-12+ program aligns academic skills for students with moderate to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Academic Curriculum Framework offers a developmentally sequenced progression of skills that can be implemented district-wide. The authors reviewed the general education standards for all 50 states and reduced them to developmentally appropriate standards for students with disabilities.

Academic Curriculum Framework utilizes an integrated teaching and learning cycle which incorporates three instructional phases: teach/re-teach, guided and independent practice and informal assessment. Progress monitoring charts align directly with the framework's content area skills, and show where the student stands in terms of skill acquisition.

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