ERIC Number: ED424291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Program Evaluation in Special Education: An Examination of the Practices Utilized by Local Education Agencies.
Johnson, Lewis R.
Formal program evaluation activities in special education have focused primarily on process indicators such as compliance while neglecting product indicators such as student outcomes. While efforts are underway to provide technical assistance to state and local educational agencies to expand the focus of evaluation activities, there is a need to understand current local education agency evaluation (LEA) practices better. For this preliminary study, data from four states (New Jersey, Maine, Idaho, and Vermont) were collected to determine the extent of program self-evaluation, the sources of data, and the criteria measures used in their efforts to evaluate their special education programs. Process indicators and compliance continue to be a high priority, and student graduation and postgraduation status were not an important focus of evaluation activities. For LEAs that did not conduct self-evaluation activities, the factors that influence LEA decisions were explored. (Contains 4 tables and 24 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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