ERIC Number: ED268766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Establishing Fair and Realistic Entry and Exit Criteria Using the General Evaluation Matrix (GEM), a Special Education Decision Making Tool.
Maxwell, Kenneth G.
The paper describes the development and use of a General Evaluation Matrix (GEM), a profile technique by which major handicaps are graphically presented along with school grades and achievements in basic skills. The approach lends itself to establishing entry level criteria for special education suited to the needs of specific communities. Prereferral questions document exhaustion of regular education alternatives. An illustration of a GEM profile on a fifth grader is used to explain the contents and use of the profile. Among advantages of the GEM are establishment of specific standards for handicapping conditions and basic skill performance and the opportunity to make comparisons between areas. (CL)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Evaluation Methods, Profiles, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Testing
GEM Systems Inc., 264 North Main St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028 ($89.00 computerized version; $35.70 manual, beginning package).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (64th, New Orleans, LA, March 31-April 4, 1986).