ERIC Number: ED491383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar-20
North Carolina Extended Content Standards Extensions of the Standard Course of Study for English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The "No Child Left Behind" Act (2002) requires that all students have access to the general curriculum at their designated grade level. Federal guidance received from the US Department of Education noted that these extended standards are intended only for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. A key goal is to assure that the extended standards represent both the content standards and the range of cognitive skills of all students. A group of approximately 50 regular education teachers, special education teachers, parents, university personnel, school administrators and system administrators convened with staff of the five divisions in three sessions between September 2005, and January 2006, to further delineate the extensions at three entry points. These three entry points were defined as symbolic, early symbolic and pre-symbolic (see Behaviors Demonstrated at Entry Points). The extended standards represent an effort to assure a balance of functional and academic skills within the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Also, a goal of the extended standards is to provide concepts at a level accessible to the student within a grade-level context. It is critical that the IEP of each student continues to address both academic skills and functional skills necessary to assure positive school and adult outcomes. The intent is to provide the student what he needs to succeed through the IEP and instruction.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Regular and Special Education Relationship, State Standards, Academic Standards, Individualized Education Programs, Special Needs Students, Daily Living Skills, Language Arts, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601-2825. Web site: http://www.ncpublicschools.org.
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001