NCLB ‘universal design’ language endorsed

From: Education Daily
Twenty-seven advocacy organizations have endorsed proposed language that would encourage states to incorporate the principals of universal design for learning into state academic content standards and require them to consider UDL in the design of assessments and teacher professional development.UDL is a framework for designing curricula and assessments accessible by students of different cognitive abilities. It provides flexibility in the way information is presented and allows for differentiation in how students demonstrate knowledge of what they have learned.Groups that support the language include the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the National School Boards Association. In addition, many advocacy organizations for students with disabilities also support the proposal, including the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Down Syndrome Society and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.

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