ERIC Number: ED254378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Migrant Children with Exceptional Needs (MCEN) Project. Analysis of 1981-82 Migrant Handicapped Childcount.
The Migrant Children with Exceptional Needs (MCEN) Project obtained a count of migrant handicapped children served in special education programs within school districts with migrant education programs in the 1981-82 period to determine if migrant students in Washington State were under- or overrepresented in special education. Forty-six school districts submitted monthly childcounts of migrant handicapped students identified and served by special education during the 1981-82 school year (September through May). School districts examined migrant and special education records to obtain the childcount. Specifically, special education class lists were compared with certificates of eligibility (COE) maintained by migrant programs. The COE verified that a student was migrant according to federal government eligibility rules. The migrant and ethnic status and specific handicapping condition of all migrant students identified as handicapped and receiving special education were reported. Data indicated that migrant handicapped students did receive special education at rates similar to other students. Migrant handicapped students were underrepresented in the categories of behaviorally disabled and communication disordered and significantly overrepresented in the mild mentally retarded and health impaired categories. Except during September, the percentage of migrant handicapped students was lower than the districts' percentage of handicapped served. (NQA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia. Migrant Education Program.