ERIC Number: ED369230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Implementation of Alternative Methods for Making Educational Accountability Decisions for Students with Disabilities. Synthesis Report 12.
Ysseldyke, James; And Others
This paper examines issues in gathering data for purposes of making accountability decisions for students with disabilities. The first section describes five alternative methods being used: (1) administration of norm-referenced tests; (2) focus on results or outcomes; (3) Individualized Education Program aggregation; (4) secondary analysis of extant data; and (5) establishment of an accreditation program. The second section looks at the student population and accountability decision-making practices in representative states (Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, and West Virginia). Considered in the third section are the kinds of issues State Education Agency (SEA) personnel encounter and the barriers they run into as they attempt to document educational results--for students in general and especially for those with disabilities. These include agreeing on outcomes and standards, inclusion of students with disabilities in assessments, deciding on how and what to report, determining the role of the state, deciding on sanctions and rewards, and overcoming fear of accountability. The fourth section identifies the kinds of data SEA and national education policy personnel feel are needed to demonstrate that education works for students with disabilities. Section 5 describes ways in which SEA personnel have been successful in overcoming barriers. The paper closes by recommending promising practices for making accountability decisions. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Decision Making, Disabilities, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Government Role, Individualized Education Programs, Information Needs, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Departments of Education, Student Evaluation, Student Placement
Publications Office, National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Cloud State Univ., MN.; National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.