ERIC Number: ED199978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Study of Procedures for Determining the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Placement of Handicapped Children. Final Report. Activity 2: Analysis of Local School District Procedures.
Thouvenelle, Suzanne; And Others
In the second of a five part study on least restrictive environment (LRE) placement for handicapped students, results from onsite observations of 134 local placement team meetings concerning 96 cases are examined. Sampling procedures used to determine cases in the five states are reviewed, as are the observation form and data collection procedures. Characteristics of the local education agencies (LEAs) and the cases are detailed. Separate chapters examine findings on the following five topics (sample subtopics in parentheses): placement decision making (there was little written guidance on placement besides federal regulations, placement decisions were usually made by one or two persons rather than through a group decision making process); LRE (the concept was not well understood and was generally perceived as mainstreaming); individualized educational programs (most IEPs were written after placement, the IEP was viewed more as an accountability mechanism than as a programing tool); parent/student involvement (parents had a high rate of attendance at placement meetings and appeared to be satisfied with the decision in the majority of cases); and contextual factors and constraints (differences between state and federal definitions of handicapping conditions created difficulties, and fiscal reimbursement fomulae indirectly inhibited LRE placements). (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
Note: Print is poor in parts. For related documents, see EC 132 479-483.