ERIC Number: ED335863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Progress toward Developing a Definition for Developmentally Delayed: Report #2.
Harbin, Gloria L.; Maxwell, Kelly
This report describes states' eligibility policies for developmentally delayed and at-risk children, aged birth to 3 years to be served under Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The report is based on policy analysis of 49 states' eligibility policy documents. Results indicated that the wording in states' definitions of "developmentally delayed" and high probability or "established conditions" closely mirrored the federal statute. The definitions varied greatly, however, when the eligibility criteria were examined and compared. Of the 42 state policies that included specific criteria for determining eligibility under the developmentally delayed category, three approaches were used: test-based criteria only (N=16); use of professional judgment and/or documentation of atypical development only (N=4); or a combination of the test-based and non-test-based criteria (N=22). For the policies that included test-based criteria, the most frequently used type and level of criterion was a 25% delay in one or more areas of development (N=20). Forty-seven states defined established conditions in their eligibility policy. Of these, 39 included a list of specific conditions. Among these states, there was relatively little agreement as to which specific conditions constitute eligibility. Twenty states included at-risk children in their definitions, with 15 including children with both biological and environmental risk factors, four with only biological risk factors, and one with only environmental risk factors. Only six states used multiple risk factors to determine eligibility. (15 references) (Author/JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Carolina Inst. for Child and Family Policy.
Identifiers: Developmental Delays; Education of the Handicapped Act 1986 (Part H)