ERIC Number: ED221980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
Project Referral, Evaluation, and Placement Training, 1980-1981, Title VI-D. Final Evaluation Report. [and] System Design Requirements for the Child Assistance Program for the Division of Special Education, New York City Board of Education.
Tobias, Robert; And Others
The final evaluation report examines the effectiveness of Project Referral, Evaluation, and Placement Training, a New York City program to improve the delivery of services to handicapped children. The program consisted of three components: (1) the computerized Management Information System, (2) the Nondiscriminatory Assessment Component, and (3) the Committees on the Handicapped (COH) and School Based Support Teams (SBST) training component. Evaluation of the Management Information System indicated a 100 percent concordance between the data reporting needs of the Division of Special Education and the output reports generated by the system. Evaluation of the Nondiscriminatory Assessment Component yielded the following findings: (1) the ethnic composition of referrals for evaluation was proportionate to that of the school population; (2) Blacks were highly overrepresented in public school programs for the emotionally handicapped (EH) and moderately overrepresented in programs for educable mentally retarded (EMR); (3) Hispanics and Blacks were highly underrepresented in publicly funded private school programs for the EH and EMR; and (4) differential representation in public and private school placements accounted for nearly all of the ethnic disparity in EH placements and much of the disparity in EMR placements. Evaluation of the COH and SBST training component showed that staff had developed the manuals, forms, and procedures for the school based model and had trained SBST personnel in three pilot districts. Five workshops for evaluation personnel were held and evaluated favorably by the participants. Among recommendations of the report are that the ethnic disparity in private and public school special education programs be reduced, that the Resource Room Program be expanded, and that bilingual staff be hired for resource rooms in districts with underrepresentation of Hispanic students. Also included is an earlier report on the system design requirements for the management system with details on the data required and the types of reports to be generated. (DB)
Descriptors: Blacks, Computer Managed Instruction, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Ethnic Discrimination, Ethnic Groups, Hispanic Americans, Inservice Education, Mild Mental Retardation, Private Schools, Program Evaluation, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Student Placement
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.; Management Analysis Center, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)