Q. Where are we as a state with revising the alternate assessment for students with disabilities to align with Common Core?
A. Mississippi is one of the 16 states participating in a consortium called the Dynamic Learning Maps. The Dynamic Learning Maps has been working on Essential Elements as the alternate curriculum to follow the alternate assessment. The Dynamic Learning Maps Essential Elements are specific statements of knowledge and skills linked to the grade-level expectations identified in the Common Core State Standards.
The purpose of the Dynamic Learning Maps Essential Elements is to build a bridge from the content in the Common Core State Standards to academic expectations for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The Dynamic Learning Maps Essential Elements are currently out for APA and will be presented to the State Board of Education in October 2013.
Q. Will/have any accommodations been made for students with dyslexia/dysgraphia?
A. The Office of Curriculum is researching the accommodations for students with dyslexia/dysgraphia to be utilized during the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. The PARCC Accommodations Manual is online for review now.
Q. How will Common Core affect autistic students or students with special needs or learning disabilities?
A. Common Core will have a positive impact in that Office of Special Education is releasing a Standards Based IEP which will direct higher expectations for students due to the alignment of the standards.