ERIC Number: ED244164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Implementation of the Individual Plan Requirement for Secondary School Students in Utah--Attitudes of Students, Parents, and Educators. General Report.
Jensen, R. Lynn; Nelson, David E.
A study was undertaken to determine the degree of implementation and effectiveness of the individual plan (IP) requirement for secondary school students approved by the Utah State Board of Education. Questionnaires were administered to measure the experiences and attitudes of a stratified random sample of 850 students, 759 parents, and 672 educators. Approximately half of the students and parents reported that an IP was developed in the Board-prescribed manner involving the student, parent(s) and a school representative. Educators were generally more positive about what was being done to meet the IP requirement. Educators differed from parents and students in their perceptions of parent and student involvement in IP activities. All respondents felt an inadequate amount of time was devoted to planning activities. Approximately half of the students and parents indicated that the student selected a tentative career goal as a part of the IP process. All three groups gave the process an average or slightly above average grade. Only about half of the students felt the IP experience helped them select an educational program that met their needs. A large majority of parents perceived an IP as a good idea. A large group of educators did not feel they had the necessary skills to assist effectively in the IP process. All groups supported the goal-setting requirement. (Instruments are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.