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ERIC Number: ED231179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Implementation of Public Law 94-142: The Education for All Handicapped Children Act. Fifth Annual Report to Congress.
Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Div. of Educational Services.
The report examines progress for school years 1980-81 and 1981-82 in implementing P.L. 94-142, The Education for All Handicapped Children Act. Following an executive summary, an analysis of three major aspects of the law's implementation is detailed. A section on progress toward a free appropriate public education cites data on the number of children served, personnel, the least restrictive environment requirement, and finance. Among conclusions are the continuing rise in the number of personnel responsible for serving handicapped children, consistency in the percentage of handicapped children served in regular schools (92%), and an average cost per handicapped child of 2.17 times that of the nonhandicapped child. The next section, on efforts to prevent erroneous classification, reports on the National Survey of Referral, Assessment, and Placement Practices and on activities of Special Education Programs (SEP). Among findings of the survey was referral rates for minority students roughly proportionate to their incidence at the elementary level but at a rate higher than their incidence at the secondary level. Other SEP activities to prevent erroneous classification included policy clarification, technical assistance, and support for personnel training. The final section covers SEP's administration of the Act and includes discussions of monitoring, complaint management, technical assistance to the states, and discretional programs. Monitoring activities continue to focus on strengthening state capacity to monitor local education agencies and public and private agencies. Complaints concerning implementation of the Act were handled by the Office of Civil Rights. Other emphases included shifting of technical assistance efforts from helping states implement procedural aspects of the Act to aid in improving the quality of special education programs. Discretional grant/contract programs administered by SEP focused on such areas as personnel preparation, education for the severely handicapped, and technology. Extensive appendixes include child count tables, personnel tables, least restrictive environment tables, and a financial table. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Div. of Educational Services.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act