ERIC Number: ED399686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-13
Reference Count: N/A
Needs Assessment Report. Final Report.
Ahearn, Eileen M.
A needs assessment evaluated the informational needs that state directors of special education will have following the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Data on information needs were gathered at a meeting of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education's Board of Directors in June 1996. Content information needs identified by the Board included: a clear explanation of the statutory changes in the new IDEA; a full copy of the new law; and a summary of changes that will have the most significant effect on school-level staff. Content format needs identified at the meeting included: a side-by-side presentation of the old and new provisions of the law; a list highlighting major changes; an annotated presentation on the impact of each major change on policy or procedure; a one-page list of major changes arranged by date detailing what has to be in place for each revision and the deadline; and mini-reports that focus on specific topics. Also identified were presentation format needs such as written documents, electronic versions, postings on the Internet, tape recordings, and Braille versions. Other issues in the development and dissemination of information, such as the writing and promulgation of revised IDEA regulations, were also identified. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act