Welcome to the National Center and State Collaborative!

The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is a project led by five centers and 24 states (13 core states and 11 Tier II states) to build an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The goal of the NCSC project is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. More

News From The Field

The South Dakota Department of Education (SDDOE) is working closely with our NCSC project liaison to disseminate the NCSC mathematics curriculum and instructional materials throughout the state. The SD Community of Practice (CoP) came together in September of 2012 for a full day of training on NCSC mathematics resources. Teachers enthusiastically accepted hard copies of the Mathematics Instructional Families both conceptually and literally during the training and gave valuable feedback for the roll-out of the materials to the entire state. The state wide roll-out of NCSC materials was January 6-11, 2013 in 4 venues: Rapid City, Pierre, Aberdeen, and Sioux Falls. Over 300 special education teachers and others were trained on the mathematics resources. Some of the CoP members volunteered to co-train and gave personal testimonies about their use of the materials. More