ERIC Number: ED160735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Vocational and Special Education. Program Review. A Study Conducted on Behalf of the State of Alaska Department of Education--Dr. Marshall Lind, Commissioner.
Martini and Associates, Ltd., Anchorage, AK.
The State of Alaska Department of Education, through management consultants, conducted a study in eight selected school districts to ascertain the following: (1) effectiveness of vocational education programs offered at the secondary level, (2) adequacy of special education services provided to exceptional children at all levels, and (3) comparative analysis of state fiscal impact in the areas of vocational and special education. Program information was obtained through interviews with school personnel. For the years 1970-71 and 1971-72, enrollment analysis, cost analysis, and revenue analysis were performed for vocational education and special education programs in each district. On the basis of the accumulated data, certain general findings and recommendations were formulated. Two of the eight major findings in vocational education revealed the following: program administrators appear to disagree philosophically with the basic purpose of vocational education, and the Foundation Support formula favors small school districts with small school enrollments and discriminates against medium and large school districts that enroll over fifty full time equivalent students. The special education portion of the study found a wide discrepancy in state services to exceptional children. Geographic isolation, peculiar makeup of student populations, lack of trained teaching staff, and lack of ancillary support services contribute to these discrepancies. (CSS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Enrollment Rate, Exceptional Child Services, Field Interviews, Financial Support, Income, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Special Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.
Authoring Institution: Martini and Associates, Ltd., Anchorage, AK.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to reproducibility problems