ERIC Number: ED367106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Open Enrollment and Students with Disabilities: Where Are We and Where Are We Going? Research Report No. 9. Enrollment Options for Students with Disabilities.
Ysseldyke, James E.; And Others
This report examines the development of school choice policies as an element of educational reform, describes open enrollment as one form of school choice, outlines other types of school choice programs, describes Minnesota's various forms of educational choice, explores arguments for and against choice, and discusses issues and concerns for students with disabilities. The report then presents a study which evaluated opinions of families (n=75) of students with disabilities participating in one of Minnesota's school choice options, open enrollment. In addition to general demographic information, the survey included items related to open enrollment information sources, family decision-making, and the effects of the decision on participating students. Results indicated that: (1) most parents did not experience any problems obtaining information; (2) over half the parents thought the services would be better as a result of a transfer; (3) over half the respondents felt that positive behavior changes in their children as a result of open enrollment included increased confidence in abilities, improved motivation to learn, improved academic performance, satisfaction with teachers and learning, better relations with friends, increased sense of responsibility, and higher education aspirations. Results suggest generally favorable responses for families of students with disabilities participating in the open enrollment option. (Contains 26 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Comparative Analysis, Decision Making, Disabilities, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Information Sources, Open Enrollment, Outcomes of Education, Parent Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, School Choice, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Coll. of Education.
Note: For other reports in this series, see ED 343 361-364, EC 302 748, and EC 302 805-811.