ERIC Number: ED260527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Preschool Handicapped Programs. (Superintendent of Public Instruction.) Report No. 84-4.
Washington State Legislature, Olympia. Legislative Budget Committee.
The report presents findings of an audit of preschool special education programs in Washington State. It was found that the enrollment had quadrupled since 1978-79, with the majority of programs center-based. Three school districts over-reported preschool handicapped enrollment, and suggestions are offered for revising enrollment audits and monitoring. Children with quantifiable conditions amounted to 41.5% of the total enrollment, while the remainder were classified in categories usually considered mild. Eligibility and assessment standards were examined and recommendations made for revision. Funding practices as they related to severity ratios and staffing ratios were analyzed, as were estimated revenues and expenditures in eight school districts. Absence of program data was noted as a major obstacle to determining the appropriateness of local program expenditures. Recommendations were made for enforcing state rules encouraging mainstreaming of handicapped preschoolers, since the majority were served in self-contained classrooms. A further recommendation was made to simplify and clarify the funding formula. Appendixes include a list of recommendations and an assessment of their fiscal impact, copies of the 1984 preschool legislation and of the official changes in state rules, and an analysis on numbers of unserved preschool handicapped children. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Legislature, Olympia. Legislative Budget Committee.
Identifiers - Location: Washington