NCSC Curriculum and Assessment

The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is a project led by five centers and 24 states to build an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. 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.



Life Skills Curriculum

mathIn elementary school, children begin to learn more about themselves and build confidence.  In middle school, students continue that personal reflection, begin to explore the world around them, and make connections between the academic subjects learned in school and the relationship school work has to the work world.  Students begin charting their academic/career plan and choose a high school program of study that matches their future aspirations.  Students continue to use their decision-making skills to manage their academic and career plans, concentrate on developing their academic and technical skills, and begin to explore postsecondary and career-based options.

CCSS’s Life Skills Program of instruction is based on the Maryland State Department of Education State Curriculum and is assessed using the CCSS Quarterly Benchmark Assessment. Maryland’s Career Development Framework (MCDF) provides a structured, developmental approach for teaching students about the world of work along with encouraging the development of positive personal characteristics and self efficacy skills needed for making appropriate choices regarding their education and career paths. Students receive instruction in Communication/Decision Making/Interpersonal, Personal Management, Community Access, Career/Vocational, and Recreation/Leisure Skills.


Maryland’s Career Development Framework  Click Here




MD College and Career Ready

The Maryland College and Career Ready State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.




Maryland School Assessment

CCSS students participate in Alternate Maryland School Assessment (Alt-MSA), the alternate assessment for students with disabilities. Following the guidelines of the State Curriculum science skills are assessed based on daily individual instruction. A team of educators selects objectives based on the individual needs of each student. Students then complete a portfolio assessment that reflects student success with each objective. Students with disabilities in grades 5, 8 and 10 must participate in either Science MSA or Science Alt-MSA. The decision for which assessment is appropriate for an individual student is made by each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team.


Cedar Chapel Special School 2015 Alt-MSA Scores:

  • 80% of the students scored proficient or advanced in Reading
  • 85% of the students scored proficient or advanced in Mathematics