ERIC Number: ED412720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
State Accountability Systems and Students with Disabilities. Issue Brief.
Roach, Virginia; Dailey, Don; Goertz, Margaret
This research brief uses data collected by the Center for Policy Research on the Impact of General and Special Education Reform to highlight issues surrounding the inclusion and exclusion of students with disabilities in state accountability systems. The brief discusses the background of standards-based reform, traditional general education accountability, and changes to general education accountability systems. Strategies for including students with disabilities in general education accountability are then reviewed and the role of federal compliance monitoring in accountability is outlined. Issues associated with including students with disabilities in general education accountability are discussed. Recommendations include: (1) special educators and families should be involved in discussions about state accountability systems and help shape accountability policies; (2) states need to establish policies that provide consistent guidelines for assessments; (3) state departments of education need to work closely with federal agencies when constructing integrated monitoring documents and policies; (4) special educators and families should be part of the development of state support strategies for failing schools as well as benefit from state rewards when schools perform well; and (5) continued efforts should be made to develop compliance monitoring that supports program improvement and student achievement. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Decision Making, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Family Involvement, Policy Formation, School Effectiveness, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Testing Accommodations
Center for Policy Research on the Impact of General and Special Education Reform, 1012 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-684-4000 ($7, plus $2 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Policy Research on the Impact of General and Special Education Reform, Alexandria, VA.