ERIC Number: ED358659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
IEPs and Standards: What They Say for Students with Disabilities. Technical Report 5.
Shriner, James G.; And Others
The contents of the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) of 76 students with mild disabilities in grades 4 and 8 were compared to nationally and locally defined standards for mathematics. The contents of the National Assessment of Educational Progress proficiency levels, local standards, and IEPs were categorized using a taxonomy with the following dimensions: level of mastery, nature of the material, and operations. Student IEPs addressed almost exclusively lower arithmetic skills on the Level of Mastery dimension. Less then 15 percent of the objectives addressed application (problem solving) processes. None of the IEP objectives addressed number sentences, algebraic sentences, or geometry. Most objectives required students to perform the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division. Analysis suggests a widening of the gap between what students with disabilities are taught and the assessments with which they are tested. Implications for actions by the special education and standards-setting communities are discussed. (Contains 25 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Arithmetic, Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Grade 8, Individualized Education Programs, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mild Disabilities, Problem Solving, Standardized Tests, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Coll. of Education.
Note: For technical reports 3 and 4, see EC 302 221-222. Prepared in collaboration with St. Cloud State University and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.