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Access Guide: Students with Significant Disabilities: Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Issues Louisiana Department of Education
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expand  Common Core State Standards: Students with Significant Disabilities
expand  Legal Mandates

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 04) requires that all students with disabilities have access to the general education curriculum.  IDEA 04 emphasizes raised expectations for all students with disabilities through the provision of challenging academic standards, and the use of alternate assessment aligned to academic content standards at grade-level.  No Child Left Behind (NCLB) also requires the implementation of alternate assessments for students with significant disabilities that is aligned to grade-level content.


The Louisiana Department of Education’s website provides extensive information regarding general curriculum requirements and resources for the state.  Further information can be found at the link below:


expand  Louisiana Extended Standards
expand  Functional Skills

Students with significant disabilities may certainly be taught functional skills.  Although the LEAP Alternate Assessment, Level 1 addresses academic skills, functional skills needed by a student should be addressed through the IEP and assessed in the context of classroom instruction.  There has been a national shift in general education to make classroom learning more contextual.  Making the classroom learning experience more contextual will provide embedded opportunities for all students to learn and practice functional skills.