Services for Children with Cognitive Disabilities

Content Sections Below

Eligibility

Programming

Alternate Achievement Standards: The Common Core Essential Elements

Additional Materials/Resources

 

 


Eligibility

Cognitive Disability (CD) services are for students who exhibit significant delays in measured intelligence, adaptive functioning, and academic functioning.

The current eligibility criteria for cognitive disabilities under state law is found at PI 11.36 (1), Wis. Admin. Code. Requirements related to the need for special education are at PI 11.35, Wis. Admin. Code.


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Programming

Students with CD are educated using a variety of educational program options according to the individual needs of each student. These may include self-contained programming, individual and small group programming in regular/special education classrooms and through cooperative/collaborative teaching arrangements between regular and special education teachers.

The statewide child count data as of October 2013, indicated that there were approximately 8,696 students with CD as their primary disability.

 

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Alternate Achievement Standards: The Common Core Essential Elements

In June 2010, Wisconsin adopted the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, including literacy for History, Social Studies, Science and the Technical subjects, for all students. These standards define K-12 academic standards which are aligned with college and work expectations, include rigorous content and application, and are internationally benchmarked. Additionally, the Common Core State Standards emphasize literacy in all of the disciplines. For all students to be career and college ready, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, educators should include both the content and the reading and writing skills that students need to demonstrate learning in the other disciplinary areas.

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 several 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 are in addition to the current Extended Grade Band Standards and will be used as the basis for the new alternate assessment, the Dynamic Learning Maps Assessment (DLM).  The DLM will be administered in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 3 through 11. The Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD) will continue to be given in the areas of science and social studies for grades 4, 8, and 10.

For more information, please visit: http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_assessmt

Guidance for Determining Participation in General Education Standards and Curriculum to Support DPI Model Form (I-4)

 

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Additional Materials/Resources

Wisconsin Accommodations Guide for Students with Disabilities

Wisconsin Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning

 

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For questions about this information, contact Eva Kubinski (608) 266-2899