ERIC Number: ED471796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Special Education Data Reporting to the Public. Revised. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
Linehan, Patrice; Markowitz, Joy
This paper reports on the range of methods used by state education agencies (SEAs) to report special education information to the public and the challenges related to this reporting. The report is based on a September 2001 survey completed by state directors of special education from 34 states. First, the paper summarizes reporting requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act) as well as the parallel requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, specifically, requirements concerning performance goals and indicators and reports relating to assessments. Discussion of the survey findings covers the following: methods used for reporting; public reporting of disaggregated data; reporting on progress toward performance goals (aggregated reporting and disaggregated reporting); methods used for reporting data (assessment participation and assessment results); assessment accommodations and out-of-level testing; annual report of children served; challenges to public reporting of data (incompatible or limited data systems, accuracy of data, diversity of data needs, accessibility of data); and SEA strategies to overcome challenges. Overall, the report finds that assessment results of students with and without disabilities are combined in general education reports and are also available in reports tailored for specific audiences, such as the press, legislators, or those accessing information through the Internet. (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Compliance (Legal), Data Analysis, Data Collection, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Reports, Special Education, State Departments of Education, State Standards, State Surveys
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), 1800 Diagonal Rd., Ste. 320, Alexendria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800, ext. 312; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.nasdse.org/forum.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001