Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, Arkansas schools will administer the ACT Aspire summative assessment to all students in grades 3-10. The ACT Aspire is linked to the ACT College and Career Readiness Benchmarks ensuring that Arkansas students will be well prepared for their post-graduation experiences.
- 2015-2016 Assessment and Course Code Chart
Includes Alternate Assessments
- ACT Aspire Accessibility and Accommodations One-Pager
- ACT Aspire Avocet
Manuals and Assessment Guidance
ACT Aspire Accessibility User’s Guide
CAST Professional Learning provides practitioners with instructional design and teaching strategies to make curriculum more effective through Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework that recognizes learner variability and is a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches to teaching and learning. Educators can benefit from a variety of online courses, onsite institutes, and other opportunities to expand and enrich their practice.
This google site, developed by Easter Seals Outreach and the Children and Youth with Dual Sensory Impairments (CAYSI) Project, offers numerous teacher resources on IEP goal development, instructional strategies, assessments, and more.
Educational Services for the Visual Impaired (ESVI) Teacher Resources
The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one. The IRIS Center offers a wide variety of resources and services to suit a diverse set of instructional needs and circumstances, including interactive modules, case studies, and activities on evidence-based instructional and intervention practices.
This educator page offers a host of resources for including instructional strategies for teaching students with Learning Disabilities (LD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
Literacy Design Collaborative
The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) has added UDL modifications to many of their LDC mini-tasks. From the LDC blog: "As our library of exemplary mini-tasks has grown to more than 400 contributions authored by teachers across the LDC community of practice, we continue to strive to feature examples that support not only the skills and standards you need to address across all disciplines and grade levels, but also examples that meet the diverse needs of all the students you teach. To that end, in this blog we will illustrate how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) supports can be embedded within existing LDC mini-tasks to support students who have a wide range of needs. We will reference examples from a new collection of exemplary LDC mini-tasks that feature such UDL supports. We hope to grow this collection in the future based on your contributions and suggestions.”
The Arkansas Literacy Intervention Matrix provides lessons/interventions that address the five essential elements of literacy and offers suggestions for accommodations and modifications when students are not acquiring critical literacy skills and need different and/or more intensive strategies to facilitate mastery. Assessment probes are provided to aide teachers in matching the appropriate lesson/intervention to student need, and each lesson/intervention is presented in an explicit step-by-step format.
Using website, you can navigate through the Common Core State Standards in Literacy, searching and planning by strand, standard, and/or grade level. The website can also help you to identify the grade-level where your students are currently functioning in a specific area of literacy. You can also find what they should know, understand, and be able to do to show grade-level proficiency for each of the Common Core State Standards.
The Math Interventions Matrix is a research-based K-12 resource based on the Common Core State Standards. It is used to help educators identify and implement interventions for students struggling to master math skills. The Math Intervention Matrix includes an Intervention Browser which allows educators to search and sort specific interventions by grade level, domain, Common Core State Standard, topic, or intervention title.
This teacher page provides a number of articles focused on techniques and strategies to help support students of all abilities—including those with learning disabilities.
Curriculum and Instruction Resources for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC)
This wiki contains curriculum and instruction resources to support special educators in delivering instruction to students with significant cognitive disabilities. The materials include Curriculum Resources - What to Teach, Instructional Resources - How to Teach, and Professional Development for Educators – Presentations and Modules.
This website provides current news articles every day that can be accessed by students and teachers at five different Lexile reading levels. The site also contains an archive of more than 1000 articles, organized by category and reading standard. Many of the articles come with quizzes. Articles may be read online or printed. Teachers can assign specific articles to classes or to students. This website is free with optional upgrades available for purchase.
Response-to-Instruction and Intervention to Facilitate Effective Classrooms and Successful Students: Integrating Academic and Behavioral Prevention and Intervention
This presentation describes an integrated evidence-based blueprint that guides effective classroom instruction and behavior management. The blueprint includes respective academic and behavioral “service and support” cascades to insure that at-risk, underachieving, or unsuccessful students receive the strategic instruction or intervention needed when they do not respond in the effective classroom. The blueprints also address a data-based functional assessment process that determines why students are having academic or behavioral difficulties so that high success interventions can follow. All of this is guided by an early intervention team process.
The Ride Reading Intervention Bank is a multimedia Web-based program consisting of 100 research-based instructional or intervention tactics across the five critical areas of literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The RIDE Reading Intervention Bank gives teachers the option to not only peruse a variety of literacy tactics (including links to all necessary worksheets needed to successfully teach each skill), but also to view videos of selected tactics that demonstrate critical parts of the tactic or that provide supplemental information. In addition, there is a student tracking and graphing system that allows teachers to easily monitor student progress and responses to the interventions tried over time.
This free online app helps with reading comprehension and vocabulary development by simplifying English to a lower reading level. The app works as a dictionary alternative that allows users to reduce text complexity by rewording a sentence or an entire paragraph.
This institute focuses on the process for developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities based on the Common Core State Standards. Activities are included for educators to practice writing clear and objective present levels of academic and functional performance based on current data sources. There are also activities that target the development of quality annual goals designed to provide meaningful access to the general education curriculum.
This program has gathered high-quality articles on educational approaches to teaching students on the autism spectrum. Articles cover a variety of topics from structured teaching to inclusion to preparing for college.
This page offers a compilation of resource designed to help teachers and counselors prepare students to transition from school to adult life and reach positive post-school outcomes.