Several states, including Michigan, have developed and designed a series of standards aligned to the Common Core Standards. These standards, known as the Dynamic Learning Map Essential Elements, "are specific statements of knowledge and skills aligned to grade level expectations identified in the Common Core Standards." They are meant to be a bridge from the Common Core Standards for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities. The Dynamic Learning Map Essential Elements list the Common Core Standard and then list the essential elements that extend the standard to students with cognitive disabilities in various levels of complexity.
The essential elements are found on the MDE website on MI_ACCESS page. These standards can assist in developing lesson plans for all students in the class with efficiency, and eliminate the frustration in planning for our most academically challenged students.
Courtesy of The Leona Group's department of academic aupport, special education division.