Some special-education experts say Common Core State Standards will offer needed clarity to schools that have adopted standards-based individualized education programs. Such IEPs connect student goals to general-education academic standards. "At least the common core looks at a set of knowledge and skills within a grade and age band for kids," says Margaret J. McLaughlin, a professor in the special-education department at the University of Maryland, College Park. She says that connection has been missing from many standards-based IEP programs.
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