Teaching science to students with intellectual disabilities provides opportunities for meaningful and relevant learning that enhances understanding of the world. Science instruction can be interdisciplinary and student-centered fostering learning through curiosity, creativity, artistic expression, collaboration, communication, problem solving, critical thinking and design thinking. Students with intellectual disabilities must have access to grade level, standards aligned instruction that is individualized to meet their needs. If an IEP team determines a student to be eligible for the PA Alternate System of Assessment (PASA), the student will be assessed on prioritized Science AEC at grades 4, 8 and 11. When providing access to science content at the other grade levels for students assessed on the PASA, IEP teams should consider each student individually and examine the alternate eligible content in the surrounding grades.
As an educator, administrator, or parent, the following resources will be helpful in planning Science instruction:
- Science Alternate Eligible Content in grades 4, 8, and 11. Link to PaTTAN at:
- Link to the PA Department of Education’s (PDE) Curriculum home page, where Science can be explored:
- Link to Science instruction for students with significant intellectual disabilities and are developed and sponsored by Office of Special Education, Ideas that Work: http://mast.ecu.edu/picker.php
- SAS Portal - Grade level, standards aligned Science AEC may be found on the SAS Portal by going to the link provided, selecting Standards, selecting Search Standards, and entering alternate eligible content in the Search bar.