ERIC Number: ED351839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Results of a Panel Longitudinal Study with Systematic Replication: Graduates of Preschool Special Education Programs in Washington and New Mexico.
Stile, Stephen W.; And Others
This panel longitudinal study, originally conducted in Washington and systematically replicated in New Mexico, investigated the long-term educational placements of students served in preschool special education programs. Subjects were the 4338 children who graduated from preschool programs for children with disabilities during two 5-year periods. Findings indicate that early childhood programs for children with disabilities rarely reduce the need for future special education services and then only for students with mild disabilities. About 15 percent of students were able to remain in regular education for up to 5 years without special education services. The paper reviews past longitudinal studies, discusses methodological issues involved in longitudinal studies, and discusses implications of the study's findings for policymakers and practitioners. (Contains 12 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Mexico; Washington
Note: The document was supported by a grant from the New Mexico Special Education Unit and by the New Mexico University Affiliated Program.