ERIC Number: ED331875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The LD Assessment Process: A Survey of Minnesota School Psychologists.
Smith, Douglas K.
A questionnaire with demographic questions and questions concerning learning disability (LD) assessment and placement practices was developed and sent to all 341 practicing school psychologists in Minnesota. Focus was on determining: the school psychologist's role in the assessment and reevaluation of students referred for LD placement, the criteria and procedures currently used for LD placement, and school psychologists' recommendations for criteria and procedures for LD placement. A return rate of 67% (228 practitioners) was obtained. A total of 216 questionnaires from 103 males and 113 females were included in the data analysis. The average respondent served 148 individual students last year, conducted 34 initial LD evaluations and 22 reevaluations, and reported direct data-gathering responsibilities in 74% of initial evaluations and 65% of reevaluations. Ability-achievement discrepancy criteria were used for placement according to 90% of the respondents and were recommended for future use by 56% of those answering the question (a plurality of 46% of respondents). The effect of prereferral interventions was mixed. Implications for the evaluation of students referred for LD placement and roles for the school psychologist are addressed. Five tables present the study data. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (Dallas, TX, March 1991).