Improving Outcomes for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Eligibility, Instruction, and Assessment


MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletin
November 2019

The purpose of this technical assistance bulletin is to support Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams and school leaders in determining eligibility for, and in implementing, the Alternate Education Framework. The Alternate Education Framework includes curriculum, instruction, and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. IEP teams may determine that a small number of students, only those with the most significant cognitive disabilities, cannot achieve the content standards that apply to all students and, therefore, should be instructed and assessed using alternate academic achievement standards that are aligned with the general education standards.

Read more. Maryland State Department of Education.