ERIC Number: ED334745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Special Education Equity Project. Final Report. July 1, 1989 to June 30, 1990.
Davidson, Marcia; And Others
This study examined special education services for migrant and Native American students in Northwest Educational Service District 189 in Washington State, in order to identify best practices and procedures as well as problems perceived by families and school staff. The study used a backward mapping approach, in which 54 educators, parents, and community agency representatives were interviewed in order to identify problems and solutions. Interview responses were then summarized and recommendations made in a final report. The study found that screening and assessment of bilingual students were perceived as problem areas, with staff training in appropriate assessment procedures identified as a critical need. Parental involvement was also a problem area. Appropriate programs and services for bilingual and Native American students were seen as lacking. Other major issues identified were dropout rates, attendance and absences, cultural awareness, funding, communication between tribes and schools, substance abuse, fetal alcohol syndrome, and teenage pregnancy. Recommendations are offered in the areas of communication, program options, parent involvement, assessment, administration, dropout prevention, cultural awareness, and recruiting trained personnel. Appendices contain a summary of recommendations for consideration by Washington's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, a table showing special education placement rates by district, a bibliography of 115 references, a list of other bibliographies and resource centers, and a set of interview summaries in tabular form. (JDD)
Descriptors: American Indians, Bilingual Students, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Migrant Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Problems, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes
Washington Research Institute, 180 Nickerson, Suite 103, Seattle, WA 98109 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Educational Service District 189, Mount Vernon, WA.; Washington Research Inst., Seattle.
Identifiers: Native Americans; Washington