ERIC Number: ED334754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
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Post-Preschool Placement of Young Students with Developmental Disabilities Exiting Public Special Education Preschool Programs. Final Report.
Stile, Stephen W.; And Others
This study investigated initial placements, current placements, and stability of placements for 1,646 graduates of special education preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-olds with developmental disabilities from 61 New Mexico school districts. Subjects graduated in four waves from 1986-87 through 1989-90. Major findings were that 10 percent of the graduates were initially placed in regular education, 40 percent in regular education with support, and 43 percent in self-contained classrooms. Current placements indicated slight shifts to 15 percent in regular education, 33 percent in regular education with support, and 53 percent in self-contained classrooms. Overall, the stability rate was 90 percent. Six recommendations are made, including: (1) increase the number of placements in regular education or regular education with support; (2) increase the number of mainstreamed or integrated preschool settings; (3) place students in regular education with support in cases of doubt; (4) "red-flag" files of children placed in special education for "1 more year"; (5) initiate a "tracking system" across New Mexico districts; and (6) pursue funding needed to continue the preschool longitudinal study. Includes nine references. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Mexico