ERIC Number: ED284388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Policy Analysis of Screening and Referral for Early Childhood Special Education Programs. Research Report #11. Early Childhood Assessment Project.
Ysseldyke, James E.; And Others
Ecological case study methods were used in four early childhood special education (ECSE) screening programs to identify factors influencing outcomes of screening. Observations, interviews, file searches, and parent surveys were used to obtain multidimensional descriptions of ECSE programs, including outreach, screening, and referral practices. Two outcomes of screening were used as benchmarks for comparing programs: the percentage of eligible preschoolers screened (participation rate); and the percentage of screened children referred for further developmental assessment (referral rate). Results indicated that screening and referral practices varied considerably among programs, although few practices consistently influenced screening outcomes. Participation rates were clearly related to school district size and the accessibility of screening to the public. Referral rates were most obviously influenced by screening purposes, second-level referral decisions, separate speech/language referral criteria, and subjective judgment. Relationships among community agencies influenced both participation and referral rates. Considerations and guidelines are presented for evaluation and improvement of ECSE screening programs. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
Note: For other reports in this series, see EC 200 204-209.