ERIC Number: ED338639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Outcomes, Costs and Benefits of Special Education Programs. Project Report Number 88-1.
Bruininks, Robert H., Ed.; And Others
This benefit-cost evaluation project provides a comprehensive analysis of a school district special education program. The project addressed the need for information on ways to evaluate special education programs and to make programmatic decisions based on evaluation information. Project activities focused on the following four interrelated areas: (1) collection of follow-up information on students after exiting from school (either through graduating, aging out, or dropping out of school); (2) collection of information on the costs of services received by students during their school years; (3) development of a benefit-cost analysis framework; and (4) analysis of the relationships between benefits and costs. School record information was collected on 466 special education students, 519 vocational education students, and 519 college students. Students in special education for whom school record information was collected included 327 with learning disabilities, 75 with mild mental retardation, 35 with speech impairments, 25 with emotional disabilities, and 4 with visual impairments. Outcome information was obtained from 313 students in special education programs (66%), 330 students in vocational education programs (64%), and 368 college students (71%). Students in special education in the respondent group included 220 with learning disabilities, 53 with mild mental retardation, 22 with speech impairments, 14 with emotional disabilities, and 4 with visual impairments. Twelve bar graphs and 112 data tables are included. School records data forms and a high school follow-up questionnaire are provided. (TJH)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Data Collection, Disabilities, Dropouts, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Rehabilitation Programs, School Districts, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Student Records
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Affiliated Program on Developmental Disabilities.