When One Size Doesn’t Fit All in Common Core


A recent Direct Administration (DA) news update discusses special education as it relates to Common Core standards. A primary concern, according to DA, is that new standards may inadvertently exclude those students most in need of a common educational foundation. Direct Administration notes the “one-size-fits-all” nature of Common Core is not necessarily conducive to learning for students with cognitive disabilities. In these cases, teachers are expected to provide “support services, individualized instruction and assistive technology.” Common Core currently doesn’t provide specific direction on what support services are available or how best to implement specialized techniques in the classroom.

Educators and their K12 partners, like McGraw-Hill Education, seek to close the gaps for special education students. Building a remedial curriculum with engaging learning resources can helps students make progress in the standards, while effectively helping to build necessary foundational skills.

Intervention programs like Number Worlds and SRA FLEX Literacy deliver personalized learning that is closely Common Core aligned. And, program-embedded professional learning provides deep content expertise and teaching techniques designed to assist educators. District Administration has produced two Solutions Showcases to highlight the capabilities of state standards-aligned intervention programs to complement core curriculum. Check out the on-demand overviews for Number Worlds and SRA FLEX Literacy to see how these can accommodate special education students. Take a look and let us know your thoughts on this timely topic.

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