The Common Core State Standards or learning standards specific for a state define what children K-12 should learn in school so they can graduate and be successful members of society. For children with significant disabilities, many states have adopted alternative achievement standards that have been aligned with the Common Core State Standards or the learning standards specific for their state.
Educators creating Individual Education Plans (IEPs) also need to align the student’s IEP to state standards or the Common Core State Standards to ensure that all students are making progress in the general education curriculum. Aligning IEPs to standards can also assist IEP teams in prioritizing which content standards will be the focus for instruction when teaching children with autism.
The STAR Program and Links Curriculum have a developmental progression of lessons (i.e., scope and sequence) that addresses core content such as reading and math, then applies these skills in a functional way (e.g., money ID to purchase items in a store).
The chart below identifies how The STAR Program and Links Curriculum assist IEP teams to develop IEPs and instructional content for students with autism aligned to state standards.
Follow the links below to learn more about how The STAR Program and Links Curriculum are aligned to the Common Core.