ERIC Number: ED199970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A National Survey of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for Handicapped Children. Volume I: Executive Summary. Final Report.
Pyecha, John N.; And Others
The first of seven volumes on a national survey of individualized education programs (IEPs) for handicapped children presents an overview of the research and a summary of the findings. Four basic objectives of the study are outlined: to identify factors associated with variations in the properties and contents of IEPs; to describe the target population, the type of special education services provided, and the process whereby IEPs are developed; to evaluate changes from one year to the next in significant aspects of the IEPs; and to examine the extent to which services provided coincide with those specified in the IEPs. Among findings from analysis of 2,657 IEPs in public schools and IEPs of 550 students in state/special facilities were that IEPs were in place for most handicapped students in the 1978-79 school year and that most of the IEPs contained the majority of the required elements; that IEPs had an average length of nearly five pages; that proposed evaluation criteria and a statement of the extent of participation in regular education were the mandated information areas included least frequently in IEPs; and that of the 96% of basic survey Ss who were enrolled in regular schools, only about 1% received all of their special education services in the regular classroom. The findings further indicated an increase in the average number of pages in an IEP, more short term objectives, and an improvement in the internal consistency of IEPs from the first to the second year. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Durham, NC. Center for Educational Research and Evaluation.
Note: For related documents, see EC 132 473-478.