ERIC Number: ED354665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Recommendations for State Data Systems: The Importance of Socioeconomic Variables. Policy Alert.
Arcia, Emily; Gallagher, James J.
To determine the extent to which states are able to assess their provision of services to typically underserved populations, this study interviewed 16 Part H (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) state coordinators. Major findings indicated: (1) six states identified their rural population as most underserved and six identified one or more racial or ethnic minorities as most underserved; (2) states had difficulties with accurate counting of children served; (3) only 10 states collected information on ethnicity or race; (4) data on family income were collected in two states; (5) of the six states identifying rural populations as most underserved, only two included a variable which assesses rural/urban residence in their data systems; and (6) none of the coordinators identified African Americans as the most underserved. It is concluded that states should have data systems which indicate race and/or ethnic background, family income, families's place of residence (zip codes are suggested), and parent employment and insurance coverage. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Carolina Policy Studies Program.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act