ERIC Number: ED206673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
FY 80 Evaluation Report: A Survey of the Speech Assistant Program FY 80, Title I 89-313.
Roberts, Jo Ann; Szafraniec, Carleen
In order to review the first year of implementation of the Title I 89-313 federally funded Speech Assistant Program for severely/profoundly handicapped students in the Chicago public schools, data was gathered by interview, questionnaire and observation methods from speech assistants, speech pathologists (who supervised assistants), a teacher-speech pathologist and a program coordinator. Six hundred forty-four students, ranging between 6 and 21 years old and enrolled in 75 schools, participated in the program in two ways: (1) through direct service delivery format, whereby the student left the regular classroom setting for service; (2) by means of classroom and teacher contact, whereby the speech assistant visited the classroom for observational, needs assessment, and progress reporting purposes. On a student group sample of 317 participants, 87% progressed at least one stage in a major selected speech/language goal, surpassing the 80% objective. Only the severe learning disabled group, with a success rate of 74%, fell below this objective. The need for citywide inservice to explain the program to pathologists and administrators was reported. Assistants had difficulties at local school level obtaining lists of Title I 89-313 student names; thus schools having accessible lists were more likely to have their students receive prompt, direct service. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Needs Assessment, Personnel Evaluation, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, Severe Disabilities, Special Programs, Speech Evaluation, Speech Handicaps, Speech Therapy, Student Characteristics, Therapists
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Board of Education, IL. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I