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Consortiums to come up with plan for special needs students and the Common Core State Standards


As the Common Core State Standards continue to be adopted by the majority of states across the country, some educators are concerned with what this new curriculum will mean for special needs students. One of the reasons for this concern is because these students do not typically perform on the same level as their peers.

The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PAR CC) and SMARTER Balanced Assessment, two prominent educational consortiums, were given funds from Race to the Top in order to develop standards specifically for special needs children by 2014, District Administration reports.

"We have to provide all students with an education to be ready to have a career when they leave their K-12 experience," Chris Minnich, senior membership director at the Council of Chief State School Officers, told the news provider.

According to the Standards' website, the test is currently not able to determine the exact assistance needed for students with special needs, which is why creating a specific curriculum for these pupils could be important to ensure that they do not fall through the cracks.