ERIC Number: ED232386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Comparison of Microcomputer-Generated IEPs and Teacher Written IEPs: A Pilot Study.
Lillie, David L.
A pilot study comparing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) generated with the assistance of the UNISTAR I microcomputer software program and teacher-written IEP is briefly described, and an IEP is appended. In addition, the time and costs associated with the development of IEPs and the interest in the application of microcomputers to develop and write IEPs are mentioned, and the UNISTAR I IEP program is briefly described. The study employed 12 randomly-selected teacher-developed IEPs from the 1981-82 school year at three elementary schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, North Carolina. Identification information and present functioning-level information for each of the 12 students were taken from the IEPs and used to generate 12 microcomputer-assisted IEPs using the UNISTAR I software program. Teachers rated the UNISTAR I microcomputer-generated IEPs significantly higher across each of the categories of the "Checklist for Documenting Appropriateness of the IEP." The UNISTAR I IEP program, which is used for learning disabled students at the elementary and junior high school levels, covers all requirements and provides the following: an intraindividual difference chart, a list of present functioning level data, the option to include goals and objectives in 11 academic/developmental areas, and a bank of about 600 annual goals and short-term instructional objectives. The appended computer printout of the sample IEP includes goals and objectives at the present functioning level, as well as a sequence of goals and objectives for the remainder of the year, and sometimes, for one additional year. (SEW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: UNISTAR I IEP Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (20th, Washington, DC, February 16-19, 1983).