Common Core Resources
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Institute Number 10 - Special Education Standards-Based IEPs is available for viewing on the Common Core Institute Page.
Learn the what, why, and how of the Common Core Standards Initiative.
The Arkansas Department of Education Common Core Homepage contains strategic plan, videos, documents, and resources.
NCSC Curriculum & Instruction Resources
The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is a project led by five centers and 26 states (15 core states and 11 Tier II states) to build an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The goal of the NCSC project is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options.
A wiki has been created to host the materials that educators will need to accomplish these goals and deliver instruction aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
New Transition Course Code: 971560
The Arkansas Department of Education has assigned a new course code – 971560 - for a special education elective course identified as a “Transition Class.” This course is considered a non-core academic course that is taken only by a special education student and is taught by a special education teacher. Such classes are developed to provide correlation of the class components with the needs identified in the transition plan of each student of the class. Components will include provision of transition assessments, exploration and preparation for employment and post-secondary education options, independent living skills (including self-determination), resource assistance, transition, or learning strategies and are designed to fulfill activities as they relate to post-secondary goals in the transition plan of the IEP or in the Course of Study (ADE IEP Forms 400-402). This course code is available for use immediately, and will be required for use in coding all Transition Class offerings beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.