ERIC Number: ED415626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
State Special Education Outcomes, 1997: A Report on State Activities during Educational Reform.
Erickson, Ronald N.; Thurlow, Martha
This report presents the results of a survey of state directors of special education from the 50 regular states and 6 unique states, which examined several aspects of state-level educational accountability systems and their inclusion of students with disabilities. Specific sections address: students with disabilities and standards-based reform; measuring participation in statewide testing; state activities in developing alternate assessments; using assessment results for students with disabilities; Individualized Educational Programs (IEP) and assessment; measuring non-academic outcomes for students with disabilities; and current issues and technical assistance needs. Findings of the survey indicate: (1) most state special education divisions or units report being very involved with statewide educational reform efforts; (2) only 32 states report having readily available information on the numbers of students with disabilities who participate in any of their statewide assessments; (3) state directors point to the altruistic motivations of parents and teachers and high stakes for schools as the leading factors that inhibit greater participation of students with disabilities in assessment programs; and (4) only six states require IEPs to document the linkage between a student's individual goals and objectives and the state's content or curriculum standards. An appendix includes data on state directors' level of involvement in reform activities. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Individualized Education Programs, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Special Education, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Tables (Data), Testing Accommodations
National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455; phone: 612-626-1530; fax: 612-624-0879; World Wide Web: http://www.coled.umn.edu/NCEO (document may be copied without charge, additional print copies $15).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.