All students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, deserve and have a right to a quality educational experience. This right includes, to the maximum extent possible, the opportunity to be involved in and meet the same challenging expectations that have been established for all students. Wisconsin educators collaborated with educators from 12 other states to create alternate achievement standards aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These alternate achievement standards are called the Common Core Essential Elements (CCEEs) in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The CCEEs were developed to satisfy the requirement of the U.S. Department of Education that Wisconsin have alternate achievement standards for its students with significant cognitive disabilities that are clearly linked to grade-level academic content standards, promote access to the general curriculum and reflect professional judgment of the highest expectation possible.These new standards will replace the current Extended Grade Band Standards and will be used as the basis for a new alternate assessment, which will replace the current Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD) in 2014-15.
These Common Core Essential Elements will be the basis for the new Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Disabilities starting in the 2014-15 school year. We will start to review these elements and incorporate into our curriculums and IEP goals/objectives starting with the upcoming 12-13 school year. The Common Core Essential Elements for English Language Arts and Mathematics along with much further information is located at this website link: http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/assmt-ccee.html