ERIC Number: ED352781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of State Compliance Monitoring Practices. Project FORUM.
Ahearn, Eileen M.
This report describes current state monitoring systems in special education, identifies trends across states, and examines critical issues. Data are based on discussions with monitoring personnel, responses to a 1992 survey, input from meetings, and analysis of documents provided by the states. Analysis focuses on five areas: (1) the composition and role of State onsite monitoring teams and variations in the conducting of site visits; (2) the use of focused and targeted monitoring by states; (3) instances of state monitoring that go beyond federal requirements especially in relation to the monitoring of student outcomes; (4) the use of sanctions and commendations, and the collection and dissemination of best practices; and (5) major revisions in state monitoring systems under consideration or development. Recommendations include the continuation and expansion of technical assistance efforts by federal monitoring staff and a wider availability of technology to streamline the monitoring process in the states and eliminate the repetitiveness of data gathering. The report also calls for a re-examination of the premises of compliance monitoring, its implementation at all levels, and its role in assuring appropriate service provision. An appendix provides a detailed analysis of survey results and a table of results. (Contains 6 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Special Education, Standards, State Standards, Student Educational Objectives, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.