Accommodations and modifications ensure that students can do the work that is being asked of them. Think about accommodations and modifications working like a staircase, they provide a means of entry to the top floor. In this scenario, the top floor houses Common Core Standards. All students need to demonstrate mastery of standards in order to successfully move to the next grade level.
There multiple ways to demonstrate mastery of standards. (Notice that this staircase has two ways to get to the top floor.) Standards don’t specify content and how the student will show they can do what is being asked. Forinstance, an anchor standard for reading: “Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development;summarize key supporting details and ideas.” Notice, what content to use isn’t specified, the delivery isn’t specified (read aloud, books on tape, movie, apps and other systems of delivery). This provides a lot of opportunities for students to use their areas of strength to access the standard and demonstrate mastery.
All students learning means that all students have access. Access assumes that every student learns differently and it is the teacher’s job as well as the IEP team to provide accommodations so that all students can demonstrate mastery on Common Core Standards.