ERIC Number: ED222026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
California Master Plan for Special Education: 1980-81 Annual Evaluation Report. A Report to the State Board of Education, the Legislature, and the Governor, as Required by Education Code Section 56602.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Evaluation and Research.
California's Master Plan for Special Education provides information on the extent and effectiveness of special education services for exceptional students in local plan areas (LPAs) for 1980-1981. Findings are grouped according to the following seven evaluation criteria (sample findings in parentheses): availability of special education services (an increase in LPAs from 21 to 42); correspondence with individualized education programs (students were taught in a variety of classroom settings with a variety of teaching techniques, although some high school students did not receive needed vocational education services); instruction in the least restrictive environment (students moved toward regular classrooms, and efforts to provide opportunities in regular school programs were generally successful); student changes as a result of special education (most made positive changes in seven aspects of growth and development); attitudes of parents, students, and school staff toward services (regular and special teachers in five LPAs knew about and appreciated each other's work, and resource specialists, administrators, and program specialists expressed positive attitudes); assistance to LPAs in program evaluation (extensive participation by school staff, parents, and students in LPA evaluations); and use of evaluation to improve programs (special LPAs made local decisions on staff allocation, emphases for staff development, transportation services, paperwork reduction, compliance actions, and program location based in part on information from local evaluation studies). Among six appendixes are lists of LPAs conducting evaluation studies and methods used by LPAs in evaluation studies. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Evaluation and Research.