ERIC Number: ED471027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Special Education Data Reporting to the Public. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
Linehan, Patrice; Markowitz, Joy
This report describes the range of methods used by state education agencies to report special education information to the public and the challenges related to this reporting. It begins by reviewing the reporting requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and then reports the results of a survey of 34 state directors of special education that investigated the method and format used in the state to report information to the public. Results indicate: (1) the most common methods used for reporting data are general and special education reports. However, Web sites are increasingly being used by states to communicate information to the public; (2) information that is reported to the public is often presented to allow data from different groups of children to be viewed separately; (3) most states report on progress toward performance goals by combining the results of students with and without disabilities and reporting all student results together in general education reports; (4) 19 of the 34 states report information to the public about students who participate in assessments using accommodations and/or out-of-level testing. The report concludes by discussing the challenges that states face in public reporting of data. (CR)
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Data Collection, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Dissemination, Special Education, State Programs, State Surveys, Statistical Data
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 1800 Diagonal Rd., Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800, ext. 312. For full text: http://www.nasdse.org/forum.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.