ERIC Number: ED206104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Projecting Special Education Costs.
Hartman, William T.
The potential national costs of implementing federally mandated special education services are discussed in this paper. A resource-cost model is utilized, in which student characteristics and program configurations form the basis for estimating the costs of special education. The procedures require specification of the student population to be served; description of the instructional programs and services to be offered and the resources that comprise each program; and determination of the cost of each resource, the distribution of students across the programs, and the student/personnel ratios of the programs. The paper describes a study in which detailed student and program specifications from 28 states and national sources were obtained to identify the variables that have the largest impact on costs and to show the effects of uncertainty associated with each variable. (Author/JEH)
Descriptors: Cost Estimates, Disabilities, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Policy, Financial Services, Inflation (Economics), Models, Salaries, Special Education, Student Teacher Ratio
Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance, CERAS Bldg., Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (Pub. Code 81-B8; $1.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Research on Educational Finance and Governance.