I believe that the high school diploma is widely viewed as the end game of K-12 education. The purpose of special education focuses on life AFTER the diploma. The focus of our collective efforts should be on NOW WHAT?
I have posted on this topic and want to circle back to it. If the purpose of special ed is to prepare students for life after K-12 education then I believe we should use backwards planning to guide services. I stumbled across a website on LinkedIn that can be very useful. This site (see below) provides detailed information about requirements for various occupations – useful for backwards planning. For example, I worked with a student in 7th grade with a more severe disability who was interested in working with cars. The math needed for this occupation was largely measurement and that was the focus for his math – a modification.