FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OTHER NCSC RESOURCES
1. Did NCSC develop curriculum and instruction resources that align with the NCSC Assessment?
Yes. NCSC has posted the core curriculum and instructional resources developed by NCSC states and partners on a public Wiki created to host the materials that educators will need to deliver instruction aligned to College and Career Ready standards.
Also on this public Wiki are professional development resources for educators, as well as resources for parents and guardians. These resources are available at no cost to all states, as well as to the public.
Curriculum Resources - What to Teach
Curriculum Resources are reference materials created to reinforce educators' understanding of curriculum content.
Instructional Resources – How to Teach
Instructional Resources are reference materials created to support classroom teaching.
Presentations and interactive modules designed to supplement written NCSC materials as well as written summaries about the NCSC project, explore teaching and learning for students with significant cognitive disabilities, and provide broad coverage of topics of interest to educators and parents alike.
The National Center and State Collaborative developed the Communication Tool Kit as a professional development resource for teachers and speech language pathologists serving students with disabilities who do not or do not yet use oral speech. This series of seven modules and an introductory Call to Action identifies the important features of high quality communication intervention. Professional development certificates are available for participants upon completion of the series.
2. What NCSC resources are available to parents and guardians on the public Wiki?
Professional and Parent Resources - Presentations and interactive modules designed to supplement written NCSC materials, as well as written summaries about the NCSC project, explore teaching and learning for students with significant cognitive disabilities, and provide broad coverage of topics of interest to educators and parents and guardians.
Parent Tips and Tools - These documents include a one-page Wiki navigation tool and a more detailed Wiki navigation guide. In addition, there is a Wiki tips series, made up of eight short documents, that helps parents and guardians use the resource materials.
3. What NCSC resources are available to parents and guardians on the NCSC website?
There are numerous resources on the NCSC website that are available to parents and guardians.
Every NCSC Brief is available to parents and guardians. The NCSC Briefs that may be of particular interest to parents and guardians include:
- NCSC Brief 1: AA-AAS: Standards That Are the “Same but Different” PDF
- NCSC Brief 4: Promoting Communication Skills in Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities PDF
- NCSC Brief 5: Standards-based Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for Students Who Participate in AA-AAS PDF
- NCSC Brief 6: NCSC’s Age- and Grade-Appropriate Assessment of Student Learning PDF
- NCSC Brief 7: NCSC’s Content Model for Grade-Aligned Instruction and Assessment: “The Same Curriculum for All Students” PDF
- NCSC Brief 8: Characteristics of Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Data from NCSC’s 2015 Assessment PDF
The following NCSC Resources for Parents, with a brief description, are also available on the NCSC website:
Introduction to the NCSC Project
- NCSC Project Description 5-12-14 PDF. 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 5-12-14 PDF. One page of bullets summarizing the information in the 3 page Project Description
- NCSC Project Description PowerPoint Presentation 6-9-14 PPT
NCSC's Curriculum/Instructional Resources and their relationship to the Alternate Assessment
- NCSC Diagram and Explanation of Instructional Resources 9-10-13 PDF 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 5-12-14 PDF A description of key features of the NCSC model including the role of communicative competence and professional development.
- NCSC Curriculum and Instructional Resources. PowerPoint 8-6-14 PPTX
NCSC Alternate Assessment Information and IEP Team Guidance
- Summary of NCSC Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Alternate Assessment 11-24-14 PDF 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 5-12-14 PDF. NCSC’s answers for questions parents commonly ask regarding alternate assessments.
- NCSC IEP Team Guidance for Alternate Assessment Participation Decisions 5-12-14 PDF 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.
- NCSC Assessment Policies 8-24-15 PDF A description of NCSC's assessment policies, which explains the ways the assessment and its administration were designed to enable students to show what they know and can do.
- Student Communication and the NCSC Assessment 8-24-15 PDF A description of NCSC's policy to determine whether and how the teacher can clearly identify the student’s responses to test questions.
- NCSC Assessment PowerPoint 6-16-14 PPTX
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 PDF 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 5-12-14 PDF 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.
- NCSC College and Career Readiness PowerPoint 6-9-14 PPTX
- Student Communication Skills
- NCSC Commitment to Students' Communicative Competence 9-10-14 PDF 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
- NCSC Student Communicative Competence PowerPoint Presentation 6-22-14 PPTX
Tools for sharing information about NCSC's work
- NCSC Newsletter and Website Information for Parents 1-6-14 PDF 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.
- NCSC Discussion Points with Research References 6-10-14 PDF A document that provides discussion points, as well as a summary of research and references, regarding students with significant cognitive disabilities and alternate assessments.
- NCSC Value in States without Common Core State Standards 6-11-14 PDF - A document which describes the reasons why the NCSC Instructional Resources are valuable, whether or not a state is implementing the Common Core State Standards.
- Comprehensive PowerPoint Presentation of NCSC Framework, Curriculum- Instructional Resources and Assessment 8-18-14 PPTX