ERIC Number: ED450538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Student Discipline: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Report to the Committees on Appropriations, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Shaul, Marnie S.
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that investigated the incidence and impact of serious student misconduct on schools, whether students with disabilities are being disciplined differently from those without disabilities, and the role that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 1997 (IDEA) plays in schools' ability to properly discipline students with disabilities. The study conducted a survey of 272 public middle and high schools and visited schools in Louisiana, New York, and Wisconsin. Results of the study indicate about 81 percent of the schools reported one or more incidents of serious misconduct in school year 1999- 2000. About 7 of every 10 incidents were acts of violent behaviors, generally student fistfights. Principals reported an average of 10 incidents among regular education students and 4 incidents among students in special education in the school year. The study found that students in special education who are involved in serious misconduct are being disciplined in generally a similar manner to regular education students. Finally, IDEA plays a limited role in affecting schools' ability to properly discipline students, according to school principals. Principals generally rated their schools' special education discipline policies as having a positive or neutral effect on school safety. (CR)
Descriptors: Aggression, Behavior Problems, Disabilities, Discipline, Discipline Policy, Federal Legislation, High School Students, High Schools, Incidence, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Principals, School Administration, School Safety
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997