ERIC Number: ED337709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Testing of an Expert System To Assist in Evaluating Handicapped Vocational Students for IEPs. Final Report.
Baggett, Connie D.; Banski, Kathleen
The development of individualized educational programs (IEPs) has become a burden for many secondary school systems. The primary objective of the project described in this report was to develop a computer system that would help in the development of IEPs for all 15,000 handicapped and/or disadvantaged students enrolled in Pennsylvania's vocational programs. Collection of tests and their criteria used in IEP development was the method used to obtain data, using a 10% sampling of school districts. The Singer Vocational Evaluative System and the Vocational Interest Assessment Survey were incorporated in the program. Information was put in the proper computer syntax, and logic sequence models for data usage were constructed. The instrument was tested using data appropriate for handicapped students enrolled in the programs. The system performs the following operations: (1) locates discrepancies and results of intelligence quotient (IQ) tests; (2) classifies the IQ score; (3) compares achievement and IQ standardized results; (4) classifies isolated IQ results into educational terms; and (5) offers some guidelines related to a student's probable academic abilities. The following factors may affect the results offered by the program: physical limitations of the student; basing decision on aptitude or interest results as isolated test scores; and evaluator errors--these may be eliminated by reviewing test procedures. (Five appendices forming the bulk of the document are: (1) list of professional contacts and organizations; (2) sampling of special needs students' assessment instruments; (3) users' guide--IEP assessment aid; (4) sample computer assessment output; and (5) computer programmed information.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Aptitude Tests, Computer System Design, Diagnostic Tests, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Examiners, Expert Systems, High Schools, Individualized Education Programs, Intelligence Quotient, Interest Inventories, Scores, Special Needs Students, Test Interpretation, Vocational High Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Dept. of Agricultural and Extension Education.