ERIC Number: ED420149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Special Education Program Evaluation: 1996-97.
Jeschke, Thomas A.
This evaluation report presents data on the special education program in the Des Moines (Iowa) public schools. The school district's mission statement is followed by a context evaluation, which finds that more than 8,000 Des Moines students receive special education services on either a daily or short-term basis throughout the year. Also noted is a contractual arrangement that enables the district to employ its own support personnel. A section on input evaluation finds three primary sources for funding special education in the district: the state weighted funding formula, the Area Education Agency support dollars, and federal funds. Revenue for the 1996-97 school year totaled over $42 million. The section on process evaluation notes the variety of service delivery models used to meet students' identified educational needs and the annual development of overall program goals to improve district programming to ensure compliance with state and federal law. The section on product evaluation finds all students in special education have individualized education programs (IEPs) and that efficacy of special education is measured by consumer satisfaction surveys, a review of IEPs, and the district's special education withdrawal rate. Finally, future plans include better student progress monitoring, evaluation of program efficacy, upgrading the work force, and a change to a problem solving/interventions model of service delivery. A diagram of this model is appended. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA.