This paper examines what "college and career readiness" for students with significant cognitive disabilities (SCD) looks like as well as the appropriateness of the Common Core Standards at preparing this population for postsecondary endeavors. The authors determined the definitions of college and career readiness can serve as development goals for individuals with SCD because they embody skills required for success in college and careers. They also believe that maintaining these high standards for individuals with cognitive difficulties ensures schools provide high quality educational opportunities. Additionally, this paper offers goals (e.g. developing communicative competence and independent work behavior) that states may consider while planning outcomes for students with SCD.
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