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).

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  • 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.