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Accessing the General Curriculum

Accessing the General Curriculum
Including Students With Disabilities in Standards-Based Reform

Second Edition
Edited by:

June 2005 | 144 pages | Corwin
This Second Edition offers more substantive information on what it means to access the general curriculum, providing primary and secondary teachers with a resource to help every learner acheive their full potential.

Accessing the General Curriculum presents updated frameworks and strategies, with examples, illustrations and flowcharts. As schools continue to move towards a system based on challenging standards, this book will be an effective tool in staying on track for both teachers and parents.


1. Access to the General Curriculum: Why it is More Important Than Ever Before
The IDEA and Access to the General Curriculum

The No Child Left Behind Act

The Link Between "Standards" and "Curriculum"

A New Way to Think About Special Education

2. The Nature of Curriculum
Multiple Types of Curriculum

The Core Elements of Curriculum

What is the Purpose of Curriculum?

Curriculum Involves a Domain

Curriculum and Time

Finding the General Curriculum

Chapter Summary

3. The Learning-Teaching Connection
Learning Research and Implications for Teaching

Help Students Develop Meaningful Patterns of Information

Creating Experts

Teach to Improve Your Student's Memory

Help Students Attend to What You Want Them to Learn

Make Effective Use of Practice

Make Effective Use of Scaffolding

Help Students Manage Their Own Learning

Teach for Transfer and Generalization

The Learning-Teaching Connection

4. Assessment That Supports Access to the General Curriculum
Assessment and Decision-Making

What Will Typical Students Be Expected to Do During the Timeframe Addressed by the IEP

What is the Student's Present Level of Performance in the General Curriculum?

In What Ways is the Student's Disability Impacting Performance?

Is the Student Making Progress in the General Education Curriculum?

5. Access to Curriculum and the Individual Education Program
Curriculum Access on a Continuum

Universal Design for Learning

Multiple Means of Representation



Accommodations and Modifications and Assessment

Special Education and Related Services

6. A Decision-Making Process for Creating IEPs That Lead to Curriculum Access
Step 1: Instructional Assessment

Step 2: Choosing the Standards and Identifying Supports

Step 3: Creating IEP Goals, Objectives, and Benchmarks

The Relationship Between Objectives and Benchmarks


"Offers suggestions on how educators can provide all learners with the opportunity to meet standards through accommodating, modifying, and/or implementing alternative achievement goals."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2006

Victor Nolet

Victor W. Nolet is Director of Assessment and Evaluation for the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His current interests include the impact of teacher education programs on P-12 student outcomes and the impact of accountability systems on students with disabilities. Address: Victor Nolet, Woodring College of Education, 251F Miller Hall, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. 98225. More About Author

Margaret J. McLaughlin

Margaret McLaughlin has been involved in special education all of her professional career, beginning as a teacher of students with serious emotional and behavior disorders. Currently she is the associate director of the Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children, a research institute within the College of Education at the University of Maryland. She directs several national projects investigating educational reform and students with disabilities, including the national Educational Policy Reform Research Institute (EPRRI), a consortium involving the University Maryland; The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO); and the Urban... More About Author

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