ERIC Number: ED212109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Disparities Still Exist in Who Gets Special Education. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Select Education, Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives by the Comptroller General of the United States.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
The report examines the impact of P.L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, and other federal laws on the numbers and types of handicapped children who receive special education services. It is explained that the study resulted from analysis of 15 evaluation studies and two databases on the impact of the legislation. Research questions are listed as well as summarized information on the studies and databases. Five issues are addressed in separate chapters (sample findings in parentheses): the numbers and characteristics of students receiving special education (the typical child in special education was young, male, and mildly handicapped); the number of unserved or underserved eligible children (few unserved children were noted; more studies pointed to the existence of underserved students including 3 to 5 year olds, secondary level, 18 to 21 year olds, emotionally disturbed, and migrant students); overrepresentation (learning disabled children exceed the totals in other handicapping conditions and minority groups are also overrepresented); and factors influencing who receives special education (state definitions and eligibility criteria, along with teacher attitudes and judgments affect referrals to special education). Included among six appendixes are assessments of each of the studies used in the evaluation. (CL)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Handicap Identification, Incidence, Program Effectiveness, Referral, Special Education, State Standards, Student Characteristics
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act