CDE NCSC News
- Special Education Division Launches Common Core State Standards Web Site
- NCSC Project Summative Assessment Contract Announcement
- NCSC National Community of Practice Newsletters
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- CDE Special Education Division Launches Common Core State Standards Web Site— Visit the Special Education Division (SED) Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Web site [http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/cc/index.asp]. The site showcases the Special Education work with the CCSS and related NCSC work by providing information on activities and resources related to the special education community.
- NCSC Project Summative Assessment Contract Announcement—The NCSC General Supervision Enhancement Grant (“GSEG”) Project announced that CTB/McGraw-Hill has been awarded a contract to provide professional services for the development and administration of summative assessments in English-language arts and mathematics. CTB/ McGraw-Hill will work with the NCSC project to support a variety of key development services to include pilot and field testing, standard setting, and reporting.
- The NCSC GSEG project is led by 5 national centers and 18 states, plus 9 affiliated Tier II states, to build an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school. The goal of the NCSC GSEG project is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. For more information visit NCSC GSEG Project Summative Assessment Contract Announcement [http://www.ncscpartners.org/news/ncsc-gseg-project-summative-assessment-contract-announcement]
- NCSC National Communities of Practice—The NCSC National Communities of Practice in each state receive periodic newsletters which include information important to NCSC’s continued and collaborative work efforts. To access these newsletters, please visit http://www.ncscpartners.org/news/ncsc-community-of-practice-newsletters.
- CDE CCSS and NCSC Web Site [http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/cc/index.asp]
- NCSC Web site [http://www.ncscpartners.org]
- NCSC Frequently Asked Questions [http://www.ncscpartners.org/about-frequently-asked-questions]
- CCSS CDE Updates
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NCSC Question/Answer of the Week
Q: How will my state’s participation in the NCSC project affect the way that my district serves and assesses students with the most significant cognitive disabilities?
A: Your district will have access to all of the curricular, instructional support, and professional development materials developed through the NCSC for teachers of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The alternate assessment will be based on the best research available about how these students build competence in academics and how to prepare them for life after high school. The NCSC will also design systems to ease the burden of administering the alternate assessment.