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Common Core Resources for Special Education

Resources and guidelines on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for the Special Education Community.

Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. Currently, 46 states have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace. For details regarding the CCSS for all students visit the main CCSS web page.

This site offers resources and guidelines on what the CCSS and the new tests will mean for California students in the Special Education Community.

California Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English and math define what students need to learn at each grade level. They provide a chance to improve access to quality content standards for students with disabilities.


Parents and Students

Other Resources

Multi-Tiered System of Supports

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework for serving all students that supports the systematic provision of interventions directly related to students’ needs. The needs to be addressed are determined by consistent monitoring of each student’s unique learning progression. A successful MTSS framework supports all students through high-quality and universally designed general education instruction at Tier 1 and more-intensive interventions at Tiers II and III, including universal screening, progress monitoring, flexible mobility between tiers, problem-solving teams, and parent input.

Instructional Supports for Learning

Instructional supports for learning based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) foster student engagement by presenting information in multiple ways and promote equal opportunities to learn for all students.

Instructional Accommodations

Instructional accommodations provide many pathways to learning and consist of strategies that consider each individual’s unique strengths, needs and learning preferences within the existing classroom structures. Accommodations change materials and procedures allowing students to learn within the framework of the CCSS, but do not change the standards.

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Last Reviewed: Monday, March 27, 2023
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