ERIC Number: ED418522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment and Decision Making for Special Education Entitlement: Technical Assistance Guide for Mental Disability.
Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Elementary and Secondary Education.
This guide from Iowa is intended to: clarify changes in the state's new rules on special education; make the state's definition of mental disability operational; provide practical guidelines on preferred practices for determination of mental disability and the need for special education services; and highlight prescriptive assessment practices tied to improved individual performance. Section 1 offers an historical perspective on philosophical changes in service delivery for individuals with mental disabilities and discusses mental disability classification in Iowa. Section 2 reviews the identification process, provides guidelines for general education intervention, and identifies the components of a full and individual evaluation. Section 3 presents general considerations concerning assessment methods and addresses multicultural issues. Section 4 provides the state definition of mental disability, examines the conceptual framework of each component of this definition, and notes considerations, recommendations, and eligibility criteria for each component. Section 5 establishes the criteria for entitlement to special education services in Iowa. Finally, Section 6 contains appendices that include a list of adaptive behavior skill areas and a glossary of terms. (Contains 33 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Elementary and Secondary Education.