ERIC Number: ED289292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Benefit-Cost Evaluation of Local Special Education Programs. Final Report.
Bruininks, Robert H.; Lewis, Darrell R.
A 2-year study of cost-benefits in special education undertook activities in five years: development of a cost analysis framework, cost data collection, outcome data collection, development of benefit-cost analysis procedures, and benefit-cost analysis application. A generic school-based model was developed in which costs could more accurately be described for local district planning, budgeting and allocating of resources to instructional program and service areas. The cost analysis framework was used to collect cost data from a large suburban school district to show the feasibility of the model in special education. A follow-up study on school records and outcome information revealed that there were clear differences at the conclusion of school among those students identified as special education, vocational education and college bound. A concept paper was developed to present the analytical process of a benefit-cost study for special education. Finally, a benefit-cost analysis conducted to assess a specific public school special education program serving mentally retarded students indicated that projected lifetime earnings of mildly retarded adults clearly exceeded the costs of providing special education for this population. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Dept. of Educational Psychology.