ERIC Number: ED448571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Special Education in an Era of School Reform: Building the Capacity for Standards-Based Reform.
Part of a series on contemporary school reform and special education, this report discusses how states are building capacity for standards-based reform. An introduction describes seven key areas in which states must build classroom and organizational level capacities, including: (1) teachers' knowledge, skills, and dispositions; (2) students' motivation and readiness to learn; (3) curriculum material for students and teachers; (4) numbers and kinds of people supporting the classroom; (5) number and quality of social relationships within and among the different organizational levels; (6) material (non-human resources); and (7) organization and allocation of school and district resources. The next section reviews some of the policies and strategies that eight states (California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, and Texas) used to address the issue of capacity. Four of the most common approaches to building capacity are then described, including infrastructure for professional development and technical assistance, professional development and training standards, curriculum materials for students and teachers, and organization and allocation of school and district resources. The last part discusses continuing challenges. An appendix includes a chart outlining the development of standards and assessments in the eight states. (Contains 51 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Federal Resource Center for Special Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Florida; Kentucky; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Texas