Parents say a kindergarten math standard that says students with developmental disabilities should be “tough” on them and their families should be given special treatment is being challenged.
The parents say they’re concerned the standards would create a perception that they have “special needs” and “mental illness” when in fact they’re just kids who need a loving home.
The standards are part of a new push for better classroom instruction and more rigorous math standards that are already being adopted across the country.
The Associated Press reports: In addition to the kindergarten math standardized tests, the standards also include more frequent questions about language, social skills and mental health.
In addition, teachers are expected to make special efforts to help students with mental illness learn how to use the English language.
The AP report cites the parents’ complaint to the school district and a letter from the California Department of Education.
The letter, signed by Superintendent of Schools, David Guggenheim, said he would discuss the standards with the AP’s Scott Haggerty.
The district has not commented on the letter.
AP’s Lauren Winterer and Karyn Smith contributed to this report.