Common Core Academic Standards Adopted

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The Common Core Academic Standards have been announced. You can review them here. The common academic standards for English and Math for grades Kindergarten to 12 were developed by the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. All but two states (Texas and Alaska) were involved in the development of the standards. Adoption of the standards is a required component of receipt of federal Race to The Top funding, but the federal government was not involved in developing the standards. Here is a news article. The common standards appear to have the endorsement of the teacher's unions as well.

This does have an impact upon special education. The FAPE requirement requires that special education be provided consistent with state standards and the definition of special education includes specialized instruction which requires adapting to ensure access of the child to the general curriculum. See 34 CFR §§ 300.17, 300.39.

What impact do you think that the core academic standards will have upon special education?