The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI/SES), developed the Alternate Education
Framework with the goal of providing high academic achievement expectations for ALL students, including those with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The
framework aims to ensure that these students receive appropriate instruction and assessments that support their learning and overall development.
The Parents’ Place of Maryland drafted three fact sheets to help families better understand the Alternate Education Framework: