ERIC Number: ED378715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-22
Reference Count: N/A
Policy Forum Report: Statewide Evaluation of Programs and Services for Students with Disabilities (Arlington, Virginia, August 30-31, 1994). Final Report. Project FORUM.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
This report reviews the outcomes of a forum convened to examine policy and practice issues surrounding the annual evaluation of effectiveness of programs and services for students with disabilities. At the forum, alternative approaches being used by states to implement program evaluation were discussed, along with issues in gathering accountability data and the role of the federal government. The meeting resulted in identifying 11 characteristics of a statewide evaluation system that addresses the education of students with disabilities: clear definitions/purposes, feasible, flexible, capitalizes on prior work, is results-oriented with the goal of improving instructional practice, reflects consensus on outcomes, is inclusive of all students, contains incentives and supports, meets multiple levels of need and use, involves stakeholders, addresses accountability dilemmas, and is linked to reforms for all students. Recommendations are offered for action by the Office of Special Education Programs and state education agencies. Appendixes contain a participant list, an agenda, and a paper by Kenneth Olsen titled "Have We Made Progress in Fifteen Years of Evaluating the Effectiveness of Special Education Programs?," which contains 72 references. The Olsen paper identifies five strands of change that have implications for special education program evaluation such as the changes in emphasis from program improvement to accountability and from simple to complex conceptual models. (JDD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.