ERIC Number: ED419323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-13
State Accountability Reports: What Are States Saying about Students with Disabilities?
Thurlow, Martha L.; Langenfeld, Karen; Nelson, J. Ruth; Shin, Hyeonsook; Coleman, Jo
This report summarizes a study that analyzed the state education accountability reports of 48 states and Washington, DC, and the inclusion of students with disabilities in the accountability systems. Extreme variability was found to exist in the reporting practices across states and there was little information on students with disabilities. Only 11 states included test-based outcome data for students with disabilities in their reports; 5 states produced a separate special education report. Many states included input/context and/or process indicators for students with disabilities, but few reported outcome data for these students. Finally, every state was unclear on at least one educational indicator in their accountability system and whether students with disabilities were included. The report includes the following recommendations regarding reporting on students with disabilities: (1) be clear about the role of students with disabilities in data and standards; (2) while special education reports can be useful in providing detailed information about students with disabilities, general accountability reports should also include information on students with disabilities; and (3) when making comparisons among schools, districts, and states, comparisons should be based on similar populations. (Contains 28 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).