ERIC Number: ED184763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation Project: The Pierre Indian School. Objectives #2 and #3. Final Report.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Aberdeen, SD. Aberdeen Area Office.
Assessment of the special education needs of Indian children in the Aberdeen area and six possible courses of action for the Pierre Indian School are discussed in this evaluation. The first section reports in detail the findings of the needs assessment, which was conducted with a survey questionnaire completed by 137 individuals concerned with Indian education. Conclusions drawn from the data are that a need exists for an off-reservation boarding school program for students with unusual social-emotional learning handicaps and that the program should provide a quality family/home living component. The second section proposes and evaluates the following alternatives: (1) continue Pierre Indian School's 1972-73 program and upgrade it with appropriate staff and renovation of the physical plant; (2) close the school, reassign the students, and design programs in each of the area boarding schools in the Aberdeen Area as already serving Indian children with learning handicaps and provide a qualified specialist to help schools meet special needs; (4) establish group homes on reservations to serve students with special needs; (5) obtain special education services on a contract basis; and (6) proceed with the present program at Pierre Indian School and make systematic improvements in spite of staffing and budget constraints. (JH)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Attendance, Boarding Schools, Community Involvement, Delivery Systems, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Facility Improvement, Family Environment, Family Influence, Institutional Evaluation, Learning Problems, Long Range Planning, Needs Assessment, Social Adjustment, Special Education, Special Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Aberdeen, SD. Aberdeen Area Office.