ERIC Number: ED331193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Special Education Student Outcomes and Program Quality Indicators. Final Study Report.
Owings, Maria; And Others
The final report describes a Colorado project to evaluate the effectiveness of special education programming based on student outcomes and program quality indicators in 14 secondary schools. Major findings included: special education students, especially students with emotional/behavioral disabilities, had higher absence and out-of-school suspension rates than regular education students; 12th grade special education students were less likely than non-handicapped peers to graduate with a diploma; special education students whose grade performance was below satisfactory had higher absence rates and were more likely to have been suspended than other special education students; mentally retarded students reported being more satisfied with school than did students with emotional/behavioral disabilities; educators reported that indicators of quality were sometimes-to-almost-always found in their schools with few differences between regular and special educators; and schools whose staff reported higher ratings of program quality tended to have lower suspension and dropout rates. Eleven appendixes making up the bulk of the report include: a school and program overview; materials on student outcome data collection procedures; the student survey and interview forms; the staff survey form; comparison of surveyed and not surveyed special education students; grade performance data by type of handicapping condition; and grade performance and absence rates. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Resource Management, Hampton, NH.; Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.