ERIC Number: ED250868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Bilingual-Special Education Needs Assessment.
Yourofsky, Kathleen G.
In order to determine the present need for bilingual-special education in Oakland County, Michigan, a questionnaire was distributed to the directors of special education in the county's 29 school districts. The 28 responses to the instrument revealed that severe discrepancies exist among districts as to the level of service provided to the limited English proficient (LEP)-handicapped population of Oakland County. Only one district provided bilingual-special education services through a teacher certified in both bilingual education and special education. The remainder of the districts provided bilingual-special education services to LEP-handicapped children through "pull-out" programs with varying degrees of coordination between bilingual and special education staff. The number of LEP students receiving special education services represented only 2% of the total LEP population. This figure, as compared to the national incidence level of 7-10% of the school age population, showed a significant under-representation of LEP-handicapped students receiving special education services in the county. It was concluded that bilingual-special education needs to become an organized entity in order for school districts to have a philosophical base from which to organize specific program development. Suggestions for state level organization are made in order for Michigan to be prepared to better serve the increasing population of LEP students. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan (Oakland County)