ERIC Number: ED087165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
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An Educational Needs Study Report Related to Incidence of Exceptionality. A Prelude to Planning Special Education Services in New Mexico.
New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe. Div. of Special Education.
Reported are results of a study by the New Mexico Department of Education to determine educational needs for exceptional children. The study is explained to be the first step in compliance with a 1972 mandate of the State legislature to provide educational services for all exceptional children in the State. Described is the study design which includes the process of deriving a sample population (drawn from 16 school districts according to district size, geographic location, community income level, and ethnic composition); evaluation procedures; study implementation (with cooperation of the Southwest Regional Resource Center at New Mexico State University), and data treatment. Study results are broken down into the following components: general population characteristics of the sample (718 children) giving data on sex, age, grade, language spoken, intelligence levels, and achievement; categorical incidence rates (nine categories); and education implications. It is maintained that 48,000 children need special education in addition to the 9,500 children presently served. The findings are said to indicate need for increased financing for identification and diagnosis, program development, teacher training and continuing education, media equipment, environmental adaptation, and monitoring/evaluation during the period of 1974 through 1979. Included in appendixes are the screening and evaluation procedures used in the 1973 assessment, categorical definitions and classification criteria used, and a chart on the range of service alternatives for public school education. (MC)
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Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe. Div. of Special Education.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico