ERIC Number: ED334761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Non-Intensive Eligibility Criteria. Stage One. Final Report.
Plakos, John; And Others
The report documents the first stage of an 18-month study to determine the effectiveness of existing California legislation for identification of 3- to 5-year old children with special needs. Local service sites (N=112) responded to a questionnaire which addressed implementation of eligibility criteria at local sites, improvement of the implementation of eligibility criteria, and participant demographic data. Sixteen findings and related recommendations are presented. Recommendations include: provision of training activities to assist in the appropriate identification of preschool children; development of written guidelines specific to the identification of learning-disabled preschool pupils; use of the clinical observation/interview and judgment as well as written guidelines in determining eligibility; review of instruments and procedures used in assessment to ensure their appropriateness; avoidance of over-ethnic representation in the identification process; increased efforts to understand the values and cultures of minority groups; ongoing training to help parents reinforce classroom learning; development and implementation of a student tracking system; and retention of funding for services within special education though such services should be regarded as a regular education alternative. Major chapters cover related research, the study methodology, implementation of eligibility criteria, related findings, and the pilot study. Includes 12 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Disabilities, Eligibility, Evaluation Methods, Guidelines, Handicap Identification, Inservice Teacher Education, Learning Disabilities, Minority Groups, Preschool Education, Program Implementation, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, State Legislation, State Standards, State Surveys, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA. Div. of Evaluation, Attendance, and Pupil Services.