ERIC Number: ED158448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Is Special Education Worth the Cost?
Hayes, Robert B.
Summarized are findings and reported in tables are data from the 1975-76 evaluation of Pennsylvania's special education services for 2,308 trainable and educable mentally retarded, physically handicapped, brain injured, and socially and emotionally disturbed elementary and secondary students. It is explained that measures of student progress (statistics are appended for each handicapping classification), program ratings, and cost analyses of special education, compared to regular education indicated three major findings: the quality of instructional programs is generally good; the students are generally making excellent progress in basic skills and social maturity; and costs on an average daily membership basis for the five major categories range from about two or three and one-half times higher than regular education. (CL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cost Effectiveness, Emotional Disturbances, Exceptional Child Research, Handicapped Children, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Moderate Mental Retardation, Neurological Impairments, Physical Disabilities, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic Research and Development Association Conference; For related information, see EC 092 201