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Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education


Shelley Victor

Committee Member

Nancy Maushak


Common Core State Standards, English, language impairments, speech-language pathology


Implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is now a curriculum priority for school districts across the United States. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are exploring ways to incorporate the CCSS into their assessment and therapy practices. Literature centered on the development of language goals aligned with the CCSS for English language arts (ELA) was limited. The purpose of this study was to identify if SLPs working in public elementary and middle school settings had adopted the practice of aligning their language-intervention goals to the CCSS for ELA for students on their caseloads. Perceived feasibility of language goal alignment to the CCSS for ELA was also examined in this study.

Results of a survey of 175 SLPs indicated that the majority of SLPs were at the middle or advanced stage of language goal alignment and that the majority of SLPs viewed the process of language goal alignment as being somewhat or very complicated for students on their caseloads. These findings support the belief that more professional collaboration among SLPs, as well as more professional development time, is needed to alleviate the perceived complexity associated with language goal alignment to the CCSS for ELA.

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