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UDL and Common Core FAQ’s – For ALL Learners

January 22, 2017

Is UDL included in the Common Core?


“UDL is included in the section of the Common Core Standards called “application to students with disabilities”.  In this section the authors referred to the definition laid out in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (PL 110-135).   The reference to UDL in this section may give the impression that UDL is just for students with disabilities. However, UDL not only applies to students with disabilities, it applies to all other learners as well.  All students can benefit from the types of instruction used to reach learners “on the margins,” as the learning needs of all individuals vary a great deal.  As such, UDL should be used within inclusive general education classrooms.”


What Aligns with UDL?


“There are many ways in which the Common Core Standards align to the UDL framework. Curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) designed using UDL put an emphasis on creating effective, flexible goals, and the Common Core Standards provide an important framework for thinking about what goals will be most effective.”




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