ERIC Number: ED201142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Special Education: A Guide for Parents and Advocates.
Kish, Mary Ann; And Others
Intended for parent and other advocacy groups interested in studying the quality of local public special education programs from a consumer perspective, the packet of information (in looseleaf format) provides an organized way of collecting information, reviewing it, and drawing conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of the local program. The first section contains a review of the history of special education, the role of parents, an introduction to the packet, and suggestions for organizing a local study group. The second section provides guidelines and forms for collecting information about the following: administration and delivery of special education programs, identification and evaluation of students, education related services, transportation, and the educational setting. Collecting information from parents is the focus of the third section with such recommended tools as a discussion guide for parents and teachers, an interview guide for use with parents of students in special education, and checklists for reviewing a child's individualized education program and records. The fourth section gives aids for analyzing the collected information including ways to organize the data and use the assessment checklist for analysis, guidelines for writing the final report, and strategies for effecting change. The final section contains six appendixes including the following: "Suggestions for Conducting Interviews,""Leading Group Activities," and "Examples of Tests That Can Be Used in Whole or in Part by Disabled Children." (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Office for Civil Rights (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Task Force on Education for the Handicapped, Inc., South Bend, IN.