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What is "Progress in the General Education Curriculum"?
Transcript of What is "Progress in the General Education Curriculum"?
What is it?
Progress is what federal law promotes and requires.
4 National Goals: Equal Opportunity, Independent Living, Full participation and Economic Self-Sufficiency
Universal Design and inclusion are means to an appropriate education and progress in the general education curriculum.
IDEA requires each student's IEP to state how the student will be involved and progress.
How does the general education curriculum benefit students with disabilities?
The general education curriculum refers to the same curriculum taught to nondisabled students , and IDEA requires that students with disabilities be involved in the general education curriculum to the maximum extent appropriate for the particular student.
Further, IDEA requires educators to assess the student's progress toward stated goals.
Educators often do this by determining how well a student with a disability performs on the stare-wide assessments of all students, with and without disabilities.
Why is progress in the general education curriculum valued?
Holding schools accountable for the progress of all students when compared on identical standards may result in higher expectations and higher achievement for students with disabilities.
By being part of the standard process for assessment, students with disabilities will be part of the reform movement of education.
To deny students the opportunity to benefit from the general education curriculum may actually limit their education and postschool opportunities.
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)
"The purpose of this title is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. (emphasis added) This purpose can be accomplished by ... meeting the educational needs of low-achieving children ... [including] children with disabilities."
For children with disabilities who receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), NCLB requires that the child will receive "reasonable adaptations and accommodations for students with disabilities ... necessary to measure the academic achievement of such students relative to State academic content and State student academic achievement standards."
Access to the general education curriculum is a major requirement in the IDEA 2004. It is mentioned six times in the evaluation section alone. For example, the law requires that the content of the child's individualized education program (IEP) include “information related to enabling the child to be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum” and “how the child's disability affects the child's involvement and progress in the general education curriculum” and a statement of the program modifications or supports for school personnel that will be provided for the child “to be involved in and make progress in the general education curriculum...”
IDEA places significant emphasis on helping children with disabilities,
at an individually appropriate level, participate and progress in the
general education curriculum. The IEP must include accommodations, modifications, and any special services that the
child needs to access the general education curriculum, as well as
identify supports service providers need to carry out the child's