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Essential Elements for Students with Significant Disabilities

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Overview and Background

The adoption of the Common Core State Standards required Iowa to develop a new Iowa Alternate Assessment aligned to the Iowa Core. In this effort, Iowa joined Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), a 17-state member consortium. The DLM assessment consortium is guided by the core belief that all students should have access to challenging grade-level content which is reflected in the Iowa Core Essential Elements. The Common Core/Iowa Core Essential Elements for students with significant cognitive disabilities were developed at each grade level Kindergarten through 12th grade in the areas of English Language Arts and Math by Iowa teachers (both general and special education) and other DLM state consortium members. The Iowa Core Essential Elements are not a redefinition of the Iowa Core Standards. They are specific statements of knowledge and skills linked to grade-level Iowa Core Standards and are intended to describe challenging expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

The Iowa Core Essential Elements satisfy the requirement of the U.S. Department of Education that Iowa have alternate achievement standards for its students with significant cognitive disabilities that reflect high expectations, are clearly linked to grade-level academic content standards that yield student achievement and prepare our students with significant cognitive disabilities for college & career readiness.

Iowa Core Essential Elements Brochure

 

Iowa Core Essential Elements

What They Are What They Are Not
Align directly with the Iowa Core Standards at each grade Downward extension to Pre-K
Statements of content and skills that provide a bridge for students
with students with significant cognitive disabilities to achieve grade
differentiated expectations
General essence statements
Provide challenge and rigor appropriate for students with significant
cognitive disabilities in consideration of the significance of their disabilities
Statements of functional skills
Emphasize learning across the grades  

Iowa Core Essential Elements - English Language Arts for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Iowa Core Essential Elements - Mathematics for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

 

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Self Directed Online Professional Development Modules

  • Module 1: Common Core Overview Description: This self-directed module provides an introduction to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics for teachers who work with students with significant cognitive disabilities who will complete the alternate assessment
  • Module 2: Dynamic Learning Maps Essential Elements Description: This self-directed module provides an introduction to the Essential Elements that were developed by the Dynamic Learning Maps Consortium to provide links between the Common Core State Standards and grade specific expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Learn more about the Common Core and Common Core Essential Elements at http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/unc/iowamodulest.html.

 

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 20, 2014 at 1:01pm.