The focus of the alternate assessment is on the general education content standards. Functional skills will not be addressed in alternate assessment unless they are connected to content standards in reading and mathematics. For some students. functional skills are skills that facilitate student access to the general education curriculum and environment. The Educator's Guide will help educational teams to look at more traditional "functional" skills and determine how they might be expanded to achieve the goal of work on the general education content standards. However. the main focus of assessment is to show how the student is progressing in the general curriculum and hence. working toward the same content standards as typical students.