ERIC Number: ED314897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Program Effectiveness in Special Education Task Force Report. Model for Program Quality in Special Education.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
The report summarizes findings and recommendations of a California Task Force on Program Effectiveness in Special Education. The 30 Task Force members ("stakeholders" in special education) were divided into committees to address four goals: (1) identify the mission of special education and describe the context in which special education programs operate; (2) delineate major desired outcomes for handicapped students; (3) specify effectiveness indicators for special education programs; and (4) recommend procedures for determining and ensuring special education program effectiveness. A conceptual model was adopted with planning-evaluation cycles, evaluation of student outcomes, and relationships between effectiveness indicators and student outcomes. The mission of special education is defined, and the provision of programs that increasingly lead to improve student outcomes is identified as central. The section on the context of special education notes demographic trends, economic climate, and educational policy issues. Twenty-two effectiveness indicators are identified, clustered into the categories of curriculum, instructional setting, and instructional processes. Desired student outcomes are organized into developmental/academic factors, personal/social achievements, and community/economic factors. Finally, the major goals and 20 recommendations are offered. Appendixes provide information on effectiveness indicators and norm-referenced testing. Eleven references are provided. (DB)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Disabilities, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Special Education, State Standards, Student Development, Student Educational Objectives
Resources in Special Education, 900 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814-2703 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
Identifiers - Location: California