ERIC Number: ED209183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Report on the Education for All Handicapped Children Act: Are Parents Involved?
Salett, Stanley; Henderson, Anne
A national survey was conducted of parents of handicapped children to determine how effectively the legal mandates of mainstreaming were working. In the first phase of the investigation, information was sought on parents' awareness of their rights and responsibilities in drawing up Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for their children. Parent response indicated that the IEP process seemed to be working basically quite well, although there is room for significant improvement. While the majority of parents indicated that IEPs had been developed, it was found that they were not participating as full partners in the process. Parents were not being prepared for participation, and information on how to appeal a contested evaluation or IEP was not made available in many cases. Almost half of the parents felt that the annual goals set in the IEP did not fully meet the educational needs of their children. The second phase of the survey examined the Program Administrative Reviews (PARs) conducted by the Office of Special Education (OSE). IEP-related areas cited by OSE for corrective action were identified to determine the extent of state compliance with the law and to assess the administrative burden and performance of OSE. In the IEP areas studied in the PARs (content and participation, procedural safeguards, and confidentiality of records), serious compliance problems were found in at least one area in every state reviewed. A chart presents the number of states having major problems in each of these areas. A listing is also presented of the states and the problems cited for correction. It is pointed out that the OSE is facing budget problems and is understaffed, making administrative reviews of compliance with Public Law 94-142 difficult and infrequent. (JD)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Confidentiality, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Individualized Education Programs, Mainstreaming, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Public Schools, State Departments of Education, Student Evaluation, Student Records
National Committee for Citizens in Education, 410 Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia, MD 21044 ($3.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Committee for Citizens in Education, Columbia, MD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act