ERIC Number: ED428490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Developmental Delay. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
This report is a brief analysis of information from 47 states and non-state jurisdictions on use of the eligibility category, "developmental delay," for children up until their tenth birthday, as permitted under the 1997 Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Relevant policy issues and concerns are also discussed. Results of the survey indicate that 40 states are using the term developmental delay or another classification that does not specify a disability. Other terms used include child with disabilities, early childhood special education, eligible preschool child, non-categorical, non-categorical preschool, pre-primary impaired, preschool child with a disability, preschool child requiring special education, preschool moderately delayed, and significant developmental delay. Twenty-two states are using non-disability specific terms for children ages 3 through 5 years, ten for children birth through 5, two for children 3 through 7, and six for other age ranges. As a result of the change in federal law, 35 states and territories are considering changes in policies or procedures related to the use of the developmental delay category. The most common changes under consideration are expansion of the age range, eligibility criteria for, or definition of, developmental delay, and overall adoption of the developmental delay category. (CR)
Descriptors: Classification, Definitions, Developmental Delays, Educational Legislation, Elementary Education, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, National Surveys, Preschool Education, Program Implementation, Special Education, State Regulation, Young Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997