Common core state standards, writing, and students with LD: Recommendations

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This article examines the Common Core State Standards as they apply to writing and students with learning disabilities (LD). We first consider why the implementation of these standards is advantageous to writing instruction for students with LD as well as the challenges in implementing them. Next, we make the following four recommendations in terms of their implementation: (1) increase general and special education teachers' knowledge about writing development; (2) create a writing environment in which students with LD can thrive; (3) employ evidence-based writing practices in general education classes (where most students with LD are taught); and (4) use evidence-based writing practices effective with students with LD. We conclude by considering research that still needs to be undertaken to help educators maximize the probability that students with and without LD meet the writing benchmarks proposed in these Standards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-37
Number of pages10
JournalLearning Disabilities Research and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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