ERIC Number: ED216492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Local Implementation of PL 94-142: Third Year Report of a Longitudinal Study.
Wright, Anne R.; And Others
The document contains the third annual update of a longitudinal study on the implementation of P.L. 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, by 16 local education agencies (LEAs). An introductory chapter outlines the content of the report and the study design. Section II describes implementation of P.L. 94-142 in 16 special education service delivery systems in terms of resources of and demands on the special education delivery system, legal pressure of court cases and due process hearings and procedures, status of interagency coordination, and changes in services and beneficiaries. A third chapter focuses on services at the elementary and secondary levels in the areas of prereferral screening and intervention; evaluation and reevaluation practices; individualized education program practices and parent involvement in decision making; the least restrictive environment; and personnel, roles, and inservice training. Program options, graduation requirements, and postsecondary opportunities are considered in Section IV. Among conclusions cited in a final section are that provision of mental health services remained an issue because no clarification has come from the Office of Special Education; that reevaluations every 3 years continued to be of low priority except in districts where external factors created pressure to attend to them; that the majority of LEAs targeted more resources to gaps at the secondary level than to any other level of the local special education service delivery system; and that school systems did not generally include postgraduation opportunities in their domain of concern. Appendixes present the study's conceptual framework and method of approach. (SB)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Due Process, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Graduation Requirements, Individualized Education Programs, Longitudinal Studies, Parent Participation, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, Research Methodology, Role Perception, School Districts, Student Evaluation, Student Placement
SRI International, Education and Human Services Research Center, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025 ($12.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Research Inst., Menlo Park, CA. Educational Policy Research Center.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act