TIP #6: Using the Least Dangerous Assumption in Educational Decisions
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There has been insufficient research to date to know what students with the most significant cognitive disabilities are able to do when given the opportunity to learn rigorous content while provided with appropriate supports.The least dangerous assumption holds that in the absence of conclusive data, educational decisions ought to be based on assumptions that, if incorrect, will have the least dangerous effect on the student outcomes and learning. Giving students with the most significant cognitive disabilities the opportunity to learn can help ensure their successful learning. This TIP includes an example, as well as implementation strategies and learning activities.