ERIC Number: ED438639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
State's Testing Participation Goal Unmet in Fast-Growing Exceptional Education Program. OPPAGA Progress Report.
Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
A review of the growing population of students receiving special education services in Florida and the extent to which these students are included in statewide assessments concluded that participation has improved slightly but had not met its goals. The report begins by providing statistical information on the special education population and then describes funding changes that provide funding to school districts based on the special education and general education services the student receives. As a result of the new funding model, legislative appropriations to special education programs appear to have increased greatly, to approximately $3 billion in 1999-2000, which includes $249 million in federal funds. The report also finds that while some students with disabilities participated in Florida Writes! and the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Tests (FCAT) between 1997-98 and 1998-99, the state did not meet its goals for including 85 percent of students with disabilities on these statewide tests. In 1998-99, participation rates on statewide assessment ranged from 50.2 percent to 79.1 percent. The Florida Department of Education is urged to strengthen its assistance to districts to discourage unnecessary exclusion of students with disabilities on state and district assessments. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Incidence, Population Trends, Special Education, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Participation
OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475. Tel: 800-531-2477 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.oppaga.state.fl.us.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Florida