Alternative Education

Frequently Asked Questions and Promising Practices

II. Practices that May Benefit Students, Parents, and the School Community

15. Instructional materials and resources - promising practices in Alternative Education

Alternative Education programs and schools provide adequate instructional materials and resources for all students to have a full and meaningful opportunity to attain the standards set at the state and local levels. Instructional materials and supplies are developmentally appropriate for all students, and accessible to students with disabilities through a range of assistive technology services and devices and accessible to English language learners.

Students enrolled in Alternative Education operating within a public school or in a separate Alternative Education school must, as all other public school students, have access to appropriate science laboratory equipment, access to the library, and to computer technology. Resources are sufficient to support adequate teacher-student ratios, positive behavioral specialists and other necessary support services personnel.

Every effort should be made to allow students in these programs or schools to have equal access to the traditional environment's facilities, core and non-core course offerings, and to participate fully in extracurricular opportunities.

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