The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 requires states to develop a set of standards which provide challenging content for all learners. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that students with disabilities have access to the general curriculum as well as an educational plan that meets their unique academic, developmental and functional needs. Instruction based on the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) is to be provided for all students. Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities can receive access to the curriculum through instruction that addresses IEP skills in the context of the CCGPS and through instruction on relevant life skills.
The Georgia Department has developed many resources to support the instruction of students with significant cognitive disabilities. These resources will support instruction, achievement and can lead to a meaningful diploma that reflects the achievements of the students. These resources can be found on the CCGPS Resource Board. If you are a Georgia teacher and do not currently have a password to access the Resource Board, click on the Related Document, ‘How to access the CCGPS Resource Board’, on the right.