The students at Paul B. Stephens School are provided
instruction in learning targets aligned to the Florida Standards Access Points
(ELA and Math) and the Sunshine State Standards Access Points (Science and
Social Studies). Florida Standards Access Points are intended only for students with a
significant cognitive disability. The
Access courses which guide instruction on the Access Points are designed to
provide students with access to the general curriculum. Access points reflect increasing levels of
complexity and depth of knowledge aligned with grade-level expectations. The
access points included in access courses are intentionally designed to foster
high expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Access points in English Language Arts contain Essential Understandings (or
EUs). EUs consist of skills at varying levels of complexity and are a resource
when planning for instruction. EUs are
referred to as “student entry points”. They outline student expectations
aligned to the Florida Standards Access Points.
The Pacing Guides, which are available for
ELA and Math, are meant to be a starting point for collaborative unit planning
at the teacher’s school site and provides sample resources for common learning
experiences aligned to the Access Points.