ERIC Number: ED313869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Identification of Handicapped Children. An Analysis of Illinois Case Study Evaluation Procedures.
Swartz, Stanley L.; And Others
Information on identifying handicapped children was collected and analyzed, in order to evaluate Illinois-required case study components and assessment procedures. A literature review chapter discusses assessment of health, academic status, and individual strengths/weaknesses, and provides summaries of best practices. In regard to method, a survey of state departments of education found that all states require assessment of achievement data, followed in order of required frequency by: consideration of child's physical condition, child's social/cultural condition, adaptive behavior, and so on. Also analyzed were types of personnel required in identification procedures, consistency with nondiscriminatory guidelines of federal education legislation, and placement criteria for specific categories of children. Twenty-six Illinois institutions of higher education were surveyed regarding training in student assessment procedures, to evaluate the amount of instructional emphasis given to each of the case study components and perceptions of graduate preparedness to complete case study components. In addition, 549 Illinois professionals involved in special education evaluation were asked to rate usefulness of the various case study components. Components receiving highest rankings of usefulness were: evaluation of learning processes, medical history, level of educational achievement, hearing screening, vision screening, and speech and language. Respondents were also asked how case study requirements should be modified and which professional should have primary responsibility for each case study component. Results of each survey are described and discussed, and 13 recommendations are presented. Forty references are listed and three appendixes contain copies of the survey forms. (JDD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois