In November, 2011, general and special education literacy experts from across the state met to begin creating a web-based tool to help educators understand, prepare for, and teach to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy. Experts worked within various groups to focus on specific grade bands; each standard was organized into the knowledge, understandings, and skills that a student needs to successfully master each grade-level standard.
This work is represented throughout this website, helping teachers to plan instruction relative to their grade-level expectations, while also considering the expectations of the same standard at the grade-level above and below. In this way, teachers can view their grade-level and standards-based expectations in literacy from a developmental perspective. This perspective also allows them to make functional connections to their students’ prior and progressive learning. Special education teachers will find this tool particularly useful when developing standards-based Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). An explanation of the tool is included below.