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    Can differentiation and standards coexist?

    Can the backward design process and differentiated instruction coexist?

    Does the backward design process actually support differentiated instruction?

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    When considering fairness and quality in education, differentiation and standards can and do coexist for many school districts in the United States. The California and Hawaii Department of Education developed their lesson plans based on Wiggins' and McTighe's (1998) backward design process. These educational developers believed that to accomplish excellent student achievement, classroom teachers are to meet two primary goals: 1) standards/benchmarks and 2) assessments when creating the lesson plan for the desired grade level and the curriculum being taught.

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    This solution discusses the backward design process and its role in differentiated instruction.