Below are highlighted presentations or papers produced by our NCSC partners. For a full list of presentations conducted by our NCSC partners, please click here (PDF).
- Introduction to the NCSC Project
- NCSC Project Description 11-1-13 A three page description of NCSC and the work it is doing to develop common alternate assessments in English language arts and math for its 25 partner states and curriculum/instructional resources to support teaching the Common Core State Standards to students with significant cognitive disabilities that can be used in any state.
- NCSC Project Description One Page 1-6-14 One page of bullets summarizing the information in the 3 page Project Description
- NCSC's Curriculum/Instructional Resources and their relationship to the Alternate Assessment
- NCSC Diagram and Explanation of Instructional Resources 9-10-13 A diagram and one page explanation containing short descriptions of each curriculum resource developed by NCSC to help educators understand “What to Teach” and each instructional resource developed to help educators understand “How to Teach” academic content based on the Common Core State Standards to students with significant cognitive disabilities.
- NCSC Model for a Comprehensive System of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 1-6-14 A description of key features of the NCSC model including the role of communicative competence and professional development.
- NCSC Alternate Assessment Information and IEP Team Guidance
- Summary of NCSC Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Alternate Assessment 1-6-14 A summary of the Frequently Asked Questions document that NCSC developed for educators, with a few additional Q&As regarding the background of the project and key related topics.
- NCSC Answers to Common Parent Questions about Alternate Assessments 12-16-13 NCSC’s answers for questions parents commonly ask regarding alternate assessments.
- NCSC IEP Team Guidance for Alternate Assessment Participation Decisions 12-31-13 A parent version of the IEP Team Guidance, which helps explain the key terms parents need to know about the participation criteria, the factors to consider and the factors that should not be considered when the IEP team (including parents and guardians) determines whether a student will participate in the NCSC alternate assessments.
- College and Career Readiness: What it means for students who take the Alternate Assessment
- NCSC Discussion of College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities 9-10-13 A description of what “college and career readiness" means for students with significant cognitive disabilities and why a “college and career ready” education is important for success in the community.
- NCSC Summary of Policy Paper on College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities 1-6-14 A detailed summary of the NCSC Policy Paper on College and Career Readiness (CCR) for students with significant cognitive disabilities, which includes recommendations about the elements of CCR that can be assessed and other important predictors of positive post-school outcomes.
- Student Communication Skills
- NCSC Commitment to Students' Communicative Competence 9-10-13 A discussion of the importance of effective communication for students with significant cognitive disabilities and an explanation of why it is the foundation for the NCSC's comprehensive model of curriculum, instruction and assessment
- Tool for sharing information about NCSC's work
- NCSC Newsletter and Website Information for Parents 1-6-14 A one page summary of the project that can be used by organizations or individuals as the basis for a newsletter article, a website article, a blog post or an email to help share information about NCSC with families.
Recent Highlighted Presentations:
Recent Highlighted Presentations:
Recent Highlighted Documents:
- NCSC Participation Guidelines PDF
- NCSC Participation Guidance PDF
- Alternate Assessments and College and Career Readiness PDF
Recent Highlighted Dissemination Materials:
- Communities of Practice Webinar Series
A set of training materials to introduce our NCSC content, curriculum, and instruction resources. By reviewing these materials, you will be well prepared to make use of our extensive digital library of CCSS content resources, model curricula, and other tools that will be housed in our project Wiki. The Wiki is available to state partners in a beta version now, to be released for public access in the next months.
Lee, A. (January 19, 2012). National Center and State Collaborative approach to Content for Students with Significant Disabilities (PDF). Division on Autism and Development Disabilities - Council for Exceptional Children. Miami, FL.
This presentation provides general information on the NCSC assessment system and describes the foundation for the content. It outlines the components of the system that help to make the content accessible to students with significant disabilities. The steps involved in creating the content strands along with examples o f math and ELA strands are presented. A brief description of the teacher support being developed, including curricular resources, lesson plans, and sample activities, are also included.
Wakeman, S.Y., Lee, A., & Browder, D. (2012, April). National Center and State Collaborative approach to content for students with significant disabilities (PDF). Presentation at the annual meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.
This presentation provides general information on the NCSC assessment system and describes the approach to making the content accessible for students with significant disabilities. It also provides a description of the teacher supports being developed including curricular resources, unit and lesson plans, and content modules.
Thurlow, M. (2011, August). Common core state standards: Implications for students with disabilities (PDF). National Association of State Boards of Education, Las Vegas, NV.
This presentation provides contextual information regarding the instruction and assessment of students with disabilities including a description of this student population. It presents information on how the principles of college and career readiness and common core state standards apply to these students. Unique instructional concerns for students with disabilities are addressed including the provision of supports and accommodations and appropriate IEP development. Promising practices in the design of instruction and assessment are also outlined.
Thurlow, M., Quenemoen, R., Kleinert, H., & Kearns, J. (January 9, 2012). New developments in alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities (PDF). Presentation to membership of Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), webinar.
This webinar presentation provides a description of the five assessment consortia and the states involved with each, including the NCSC GSEG. It also includes a description of what college and career readiness means for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The presentation outlines key ideas that form the foundation of the NCSC GSEG assessment system development, including the development of curriculum and instruction. The presentation goes on to cite the importance of communicative intervention with augmentative communication devices and provide ideas on how University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) can be involved.
Thurlow, M. L., Lee, A. (2011). National Center and State Collaborative General State Enhancement Grant (PDF). 2011 OSEP Leadership Mega Conference.
This presentation provides an overview of the NCSC – GSEG project and includes challenges identified by the partners and states and key ideas for building the foundation of the system. The presentation also includes information on the development and validation of the “core content connectors” which are aligned with the common core state standards and the learning progressions.
Quenemoen, R. (July 10, 2012). NCSC Overview with background on CCSS and the GSEG Projects (PDF). CCSSO Webinar.
This webinar presentation provides an overview of the NCSC comprehensive assessment system along with some background information on the Common Core State Standards and the GSEG projects. Guiding principles for development and teacher resources, and emerging models of learning and understanding are presented.
Towles-Reeves, E., Kearns, J., Flowers, C., Hart, L., Kerbel, A., Kleinert, H., Quenemoen, R., Thurlow, M., (August 2012). Learner Characteristics Inventory Project Report: A Product of the NCSC Validity Evaluation (PDF).
This report summarizes the learner characteristics of 49,669 students who participated in alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) during the 2010-2011 or 2011-2012 academic year across 18 states that are partners of the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) project.
Lee, A., Towles-Reeves, E., Flowers, C., Hart, L., Kearns, J., Kerbel, A., Kleinert, H., & Thurlow, M. (2013). Teacher Perceptions of Students Participating in AA-AAS: Cross-State Summary (A product of the NCSC validity evaluation) (PDF). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, National Center and State Collaborative. This report summarizes the findings of a survey developed to collect data from teachers in all 18 core partner NCSC states to evaluate teachers’ beliefs and perceptions (a) about students who participate in AA-AAS, (b) appropriate instruction for these students, and (c) their post-school outcome goals.