Common Core State Standards, adopted by all but four states, include few competency standards for teachers who work in special education or with the growing population of students who have autism, write behavior analyst Emaley McCulloch, co-founder of Autism Training Solutions, and Janet Martin, a strategist with the same group. Autism-specific competencies and training are needed to carry out the early intervention that research shows can give students the best chance at academic success, they write.

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