Students in special classes participate in the general education curriculum, with accommodations and supports, unless otherwise specified on their IEPs. This allows students in special classes to have access to, and make progress in, the general education curriculum. For students with disabilities in grades pre-K through 12, this includes instruction in the New York State Next Generation English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards. When appropriate, it also affords them opportunities to be served in a less restrictive setting/or be decertified. Special class teachers should receive support in teaching the general education curriculum and should be included in professional development on the state standards.
Students in special classes are entitled to participate in all the school's programs.