Resources for Parents and Teachers

  • PaTTAN develops and disseminates a wide variety of material to support those involved in educating students with disabilities and to support their families.  These include print publications focusing on various disabilities, explaining special education law, rights and responsiblites, and effective research-based instructional practices.

    Alternate Assessment Anchors clarify the standards assessed on the PASA and can be used by educators to help prepare their students for the PASA.  All teachers are still required to teach to all of the standards and use local assessments to measure student progress.  The Alternate Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content documents also reference the PSSA Standards from which the PASA Alternate Content Standards and Alternate Assessment Anchors were derived.

    Pennsylvania's Alternate System of Assessment is for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.  This site contains information about why and how the test is given, how it is scored, and what happens to the scores for the students taking the test. Additionally, it is a resource for teachers regarding the Pennsylvania State adapted standards for these students. 

    Bureau of Special Education (BSE) is committed to educating students with complex support needs.  This page is dedicated to the parents, teachers, and administrators committed to educational excellence and ensuring effective instructional practices and fair assessments for students with complex support needs. 

    The Council for Exceptional Children 
    is an independent organization. It is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.  CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. 

    A nonprofit leader in education,
    CAST works to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.  Explore this website to find out more about our research and development, innovative learning tools, and professional services.