ERIC Number: ED340154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Delivering Special Education: Statistics and Trends. Revised. ERIC Digest #E463.
Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.
This digest presents summary statistics addressing the following questions: (1) "How are children with disabilities defined?" (2) "Who are the students served?" (3) "Where are these students receiving their special education?" and (4) "How many teachers are needed?" The digest also examines past and present trends and their implications for the future of special education. Trends identified include: a possible future decrease in special education students as prereferral interventions serve "hard to teach" students; a continuing decrease in the number of students identified as mentally retarded (possibly due to more restrictive standards, a corresponding increased number of students identified as learning disabled, and avoidance of overrepresentation of minority students as mentally retarded); a possible increase in the number of children served due to prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol; and increased numbers of very young children served as a result of federal mandates. Includes 10 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Handicap Identification, Incidence, Prenatal Influences, Preschool Education, Special Education, Statistical Data, Substance Abuse, Teacher Supply and Demand, Trend Analysis
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589 ($1.00 each, minimum order $5.00 prepaid, product no. E-463).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Numerical/Quantitative Data; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.