In an effort to continually challenge students with the most significant cognitive disability, the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) is asking for public input on the 2019 draft of the Alternate Achievement Standards (AAS) for K-12 English language arts, math, science, and social studies. The AAS content is clearly aligned to Alabama’s grade-level academic content standards but reduced in depth, scope and complexity and defines what a student should know and be able to do by the end of the grade level. This review provides an opportunity for those who are genuinely interested in improving the academic outcomes for a student with the most significant cognitive disability to offer input into the challenging content for each grade-level standard.
In order to receive public input, a copy of the draft AAS for English language arts, math, science, and social studies is being made available on the Alabama State Department of Education website at Alternate Achievement Standards and will be posted from January 30, 2019 to February 15, 2019.
Comments should be submitted electronically through this link Draft AAS input form and must be received by February 15, 2019 . All input will be reviewed and documented.
The overall goal of this review is to ensure that a student with the most significant cognitive disability receives instruction from challenging academic standards and receives a high-quality education with positive post-secondary outcomes.
For any questions please contact Susan Goldwaite @firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-694-4782.
I ask that you copy me and your area supervisor on any questions to Susan Goldwaite. We want to be as involved as possible with this process.
Please feel free to forward this email to any general education teachers that have been working with students with the most significant cognitive disability. Their input is important, too.
In addition, parents who are willing to review the standards should be given the opportunity. Please forward to those parents.
Barbara M. English
Baldwin County Public Schools
Special Services Coordinator