ERIC Number: ED417549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-11
Reference Count: N/A
State Education Department Staff Study: Oversight of the Performance of Special Education Programs. Report 96-J-5.
New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany. Div. of Management Audit.
This report discusses the findings of a study that investigated whether the New York State Education Department's Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) has improved its oversight of special education by implementing a system for evaluating the performance of special education programs, and whether funding for special education should be reformed. The study reviewed the VESID's oversight of special education programs in New York schools for the period of April 1, 1994, through March 31, 1997. Relevant laws and regulations were reviewed, VESID data were analyzed, and VESID officials were interviewed. The study found that VESID has developed a comprehensive system for evaluating the performance of special education programs; however, if VESID made greater use of this performance information, it could improve its oversight of the programs. It also found that improvements are needed in the process used to fund special education programs, as school districts are given financial incentives to place students with disabilities in costly, more restrictive environments and to classify students without disabilities as having learning disabilities. Comments of VESID officials are at the end of the report and include proposed changes to the funding formula. (CR)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Disabilities, Disability Identification, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Special Education, Student Placement
World Wide Web: http://www.osc.state.ny
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany. Div. of Management Audit.
Identifiers - Location: New York