ERIC Number: ED113888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul-14
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Special Education Placement Procedures in Montgomery County. Maryland Public Schools.
Johnson, John L.; And Others
Three outside consultants were asked to evaluate the validity of current special education placement procedures and policies in the Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools (MCPS) to determine their effect on minority students. Procedures for obtaining information included mailing questionnaires to 396 families and observing in-service staffing conferences and area screening committee meetings. Major findings were that there was no evidence of racial or socio-economic class discrimination in MCPS written policy and placement procedures or in the MCPS 5-year Plan for Special Educational Services; that staff members needed to develop greater sensitivity to minority issues during the initial screening and classification process; that improvement was needed in the quality of placement conference data; that testing policies and the use of test results needed to be clarified; that the majority of parents surveyed were satisfied with the placement procedures and their children's program; and that MCPS personnel had a low tolerance for students who exhibited behavior or background different from established community norms. Evidence supported recommendations in 11 areas: communication, school-by-school needs assessment, pre-referral procedures, identification and classification procedures, staff development, testing and policy procedures, school medical advisors (SMA), parent concerns, programs, human relations, and public relations; and included that there be a review and classification of the role of SMAs in the placement process. (Provided are appendixes such as the MCPS questionnaire.) (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland