Alternate learning standards, often referred to as alternate academic achievement standards or alternate assessments, are educational guidelines and resources designed to meet the unique needs of students with intellectual disabilities. These standards are tailored to ensure that children with intellectual disabilities have access to a meaningful and individualized education that aligns with their abilities and potential.
Here are some key points to know!
Support Individual Needs
Alternate learning standards are educational goals and expectations specifically designed to address the individual learning needs of students with intellectual disabilities. These standards recognize that every child is unique and may require different approaches to learning.
Accessible and Inclusive
They are developed to make education accessible and inclusive for students with intellectual disabilities. These standards provide a pathway for children to engage with the curriculum at their own pace and in a way that suits their abilities.
The curriculum based on alternate learning standards may be modified or simplified to match the cognitive and developmental levels of the child. This ensures that the child can make progress in their learning journey. This does not mean a change in the least restrictive environment!
Instead of traditional standardized tests, students following alternate learning standards may be assessed using alternative assessments that better reflect their abilities and achievements. These assessments take into account the unique challenges and strengths of each student.
Focus on Progress
The emphasis is on continuous progress rather than rigid grade-level expectations. The goal is for the child to make meaningful gains in their learning journey while still engaging with grade level and age-respectful content, regardless of how those gains compare to typical grade levels.
It's important for parents to work closely with their child's teachers and special education professionals to ensure that the alternate learning standards are tailored to meet their child's specific needs and to monitor their progress over time.
Effective communication and collaboration between parents and educators are essential for creating a positive and supportive learning environment for children with intellectual disabilities.
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