ERIC Number: ED439574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Special Education Issues in Caseload/Class Size. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
This issue brief provides an update on state regulations on caseload/class size in special education. The regulations from 27 states were reviewed and characteristics of state regulations are explained. Findings indicate that no two states have the same regulations on class size/caseload for special education. The size of the regulation varies from as short as one sentence to a very detailed eight pages. Two general types of regulations exist: those that are prescriptive on the basis of various elements and those that are nonprescriptive or general in nature. Among the prescriptive states, some use one criterion, while others use a combination. Limits are given in different forms; some are specific numbers while others use a range. In addition, some states use maximums and others use averages. States using single-criterion regulations use type of program, type of staff, and type of disability to set pupil-teacher ratios. Those states which have multiple criteria regulations use the following categories: by disability and program type, by disability and grade level, by program type and grade level, by teacher license and grade level, and by program type, grade level, and disability. (CR)
Descriptors: Class Size, Criteria, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Special Education, Specifications, State Regulation, State Standards, Teacher Student Ratio
Project FORUM at NASDSE, 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800 (voice); Tel: 703-519-7008 (TDD) (available in alternative formats).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Produced by Project FORUM at NASDSE.