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ERIC Number: ED348805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: 0
State Special Education Outcomes 1991: A Report on State Activities in the Assessment of Educational Outcomes for Students with Disabilities.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Washington, DC.; Saint Cloud State Univ., MN.; National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.
Based on interviews with state personnel and a review of state documents, this report summarizes activities by the states in assessment of educational outcomes for students with disabilities. The report is divided into six sections addressing: (1) state contexts; (2) special education federally reported data; (3) state assessment of outcomes; (4) assessment of achievement; (5) state needs; and (6) practices, programs, and plans related to outcomes. Among major findings are: historically, data collection has documented the educational process, not its results; participation and exit data comprise much of states' data collection efforts; few state-level data collection efforts yield outcomes data on students with disabilities; the extent of participation of students with mild disabilities in state-level general education assessments is uncertain; few states in which students with disabilities do participate in educational assessments report this data; there is inconsistent application of criteria for assessment participation and accommodations for students with disabilities; states are attempting to shift to collecting information on schooling outcomes; states are looking for guidance related to this new emphasis; and some states are exploring use of Individualized Education Program data as a source of outcome data for students with disabilities. Extensive charts and graphs provide supporting details. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Data Collection, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal State Relationship, Individualized Education Programs, Outcomes of Education, Special Education, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Participation
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO), 350 Elliott Hall, 75 E. River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($15).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Washington, DC.; Saint Cloud State Univ., MN.; National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.
Note: Chart A (State Activities in Selected Outcome Areas) contains small print.