Significant Support Needs
Students with significant support needs are highly diverse learners with extensive needs in the areas of cognition and/or learning, communication, movement and social/emotional abilities. The individual may also have concurrent health, sensory, physical and/or behavioral disabilities.
Students with significant support needs require:
- a wide variety of approaches and
supports to demonstrate their knowledge
intensive instruction in literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in order to acquire and generalize knowledge
- substantial adaptations (modifications and accommodations) and/or ongoing supports in order to access grade level curriculum
- access to assistive technology tools to communicate, learn and demonstrate their knowledge
- progress to be measured by observation, data collection, assessment, and work samples
- individualized levels of support across major life activities in home, school, and community.
Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEOs)
This Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) subweb is dedicated to the Extended Evidence Outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards. The EEOs are written for students with significant cognitive support needs.
The following training options are offered as professional development for implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards, including the Extended Evidence Outcomes (alternate academic achievement standards)/ Extended Readiness Competencies (content-based access skills) for students with significant cognitive disabilities:
PowerPoint: Implementing the Colorado Academic Standards for
Students with a Significant Cognitive Disability (For educators of a student who is working on alternate academic
achievement standards, this training presents an overview of the new
Colorado Academic Standards, including the Extended Evidence
Outcomes and Extended Readiness Competencies. Examples for
translating EEOs and ERCs into measureable goals and objectives are
format: Implementing the Colorado Academic Standards for
Students with a Significant Cognitive Disability
Performance Skills (PDF)
Significant Support Needs Advisory Council
The SSN Advisory Council is comprised of teachers, administrators, and related service personnel, professors from Institutions of Higher Education and parents from throughout Colorado. This group advises the Colorado Department of Education on the statewide needs of this population and those who serve them. Their expertise is utilized for work groups to develop trainings and products to assist educational teams in meeting the needs of this very diverse population.
The Quality Indicators offer guidance to educators and administrators when developing, implementing and evaluating quality programs and services for students with the most significant needs. This guide identifies ten components to consider for effective programs: Inclusive Culture, Progress Monitoring, Instruction, Positive Behavior Support, Communication, Self Determination, Health and Safety, Transition, and Paraeducators. This guideline cannot be interpreted as policy or regulation, but as a tool designed to assist those who are educating students with significant support needs. Each quality indicator has a list of research/evidence based practices for providing a rich school experience with the goal of improving post school outcomes for all students.
The CONNECT (Connect to Networking, News and Encouragement for Caring Teachers) listserv is a place for teachers and service providers working with students with significant support needs (e.g. physical disabilities, autism, multiple disabilities, etc.) to find information, encouragement and networking opportunities. We know that many times those working with students with significant needs may be isolated and lack the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues or find the expertise they need in a timely and safe setting. This is a place to ask questions, have discussion and share ideas with those in the field that are having the same experiences. To subscribe, send your contact information to Gina Quintana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Handouts from Previous Trainings:
"Making Inclusion Meaningful for Students with Significant Support Needs - Part 1"
Supporting Handouts (PDF)
"Making Inclusion Meaningful for Students with Significant Support Needs - Part 2"
- Elementary Presentation Handouts
- Secondary Presentation Handouts
For more information about Significant Support Needs, contact:
Phone: (303) 866-6605