A recent letter to the ADE from the USDOE dated January 13, 2017, addresses alignment of grade level standards, instruction and curriculum. Arkansas was found only partially meeting the requirements as related to the state assessment system. The directive from the USDOE stresses the importance of aligning grade level standards to instruction and assessment.
It is imperative that school districts in Arkansas align student IEP goals and objectives based on Arkansas curriculum standards. Designed specifically for Arkansas, the Script IEP is built with state standards for K-12 literacy, math and science.
Are your school district IEP’s legally defensible? If the IEP goals and objectives have not been aligned to the current Arkansas standards, they may not be. Ask these questions to help ensure compliance:
- Do special education teachers refer to the standards on the ADE’s website or do they depend solely on goals contained in your special education software vendor’s database?
- If you depend on your vendor’s database, are you sure the current state standards are listed?
- Have IEP’s been written unrelated to the current Arkansas standards?
- Who monitors whether the district’s IEP goals are based on current Arkansas standards?
The responsibility to assure goals are aligned to the Arkansas standards lies with the district. The Script team includes Arkansas administrators that focus solely on providing resources that meet the needs of Arkansas school districts. If your district is using a program not specifically designed for Arkansas, review the questions above closely. A Texas or Missouri focused program just won’t align to Arkansas standards.
For more information: https://www2.ed.gov/admins/