Instructional Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

All students can learn when given the opportunity including students who have the significant cognitive disabilities. Core Content Connectors (CCC) assists educators in providing the bridge to the content standards that all students are being taught. This site provides general and special education educators the instructional tools and strategies to assist students with significant cognitive disabilities in learning age appropriate content standards.

ELA and Math Core Content Connectors (CCCs): NCSC Web Based Resources
     • Curriculum Resources - What to Teach
     • Instructional Resources - How to Teach
     • Classroom Solutions –Ideas shared by other educators
NCSC Home Page
NCSC Resources Page
     • Resources for Parents
     • Highlighted Presentations
     • Highlighted Documents
     • Dissemination Materials

Note: The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) was a project that researched and developed material for educators for this group of students. The goal of the NCSC project is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options.
Science Content Standard with Core Content Connectors (CCCs)
Grade Span High School Middle school K-5 Elementary
Presentation High School Middle School (6-8) K-5 (Elementary)
Standard Presentation(12/18) Standard Presentation(12/18) Standard Presentation(12/18)
Standards High School Science with CCC (2017) Grades 6-8 Science with CCC (2017) Grade K-5 Science with CCC (2017)
Useful Documents
Alt Assessment Worksheet Documentation of Evidence Worksheet
Alternate Assessment Participation Guidelines MSAA Assessment and Instructional Framework

Useful Links
Alternate Assessment List Serv
Augmentative and Alternate Communication
Alternate Assessment
Office of Assessment
Smarter Balance Accommodation
Science Accommodations


If you have questions, please contact the Special Education Office at the South Dakota Department of Education at (605) 773-3678.