ERIC Number: ED346670
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Building Our Own Railroad Tracks: Education Reform and Special Education.
West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston. Office of Special Education Administration.
This document presents the vision of the West Virginia educational community in providing special education services to gifted and disabled students through the restructuring of schools. The approach was developed during a May 1991 meeting of special education leaders at which participants examined the major education reforms being discussed at the local, state, and national levels and the implications of the reforms for exceptional students. The report begins with a conceptual approach to mapping the state and local role in educating exceptional children, which calls for focusing on what outcomes are desired at the student level and then determining what has to happen at each successive level above the student level for those outcomes to be achieved. Meeting participants examined education reforms in three areas: curriculum/instruction, accountability, and governance. The report outlines reform principles in each of the three areas; outlines the actions needed at the national and state levels; discusses the potential positive and negative impact on gifted and disabled students; and analyzes the challenges for educators. (JDD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, Curriculum, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Governance, Special Needs Students, State Programs, State School District Relationship, Statewide Planning, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston. Office of Special Education Administration.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia