ERIC Number: ED473538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Changing Special Education Enrollments: Causes and Distribution among Schools. The State of Chicago Public High Schools: 1993 to 2000.
Miller, Shazia Rafiullah; Gladden, Robert M.
One of a series of monographs on the performance of Chicago public high school students from 1993 to 2000, this publication examines the upward trend of special education enrollment in high schools. This corresponds with a systemwide redesign of high schools in the 1995 implementation of high stakes accountability. It notes that the enrollment of students with disabilities in ninth grade increased from 11.5% in the 1993-94 school year to 16.4% in 1999-00. Although the proportion of students with disabilities who were retained rose only slightly, the proportion of general education students who were retained or sent to an Academic Preparatory Center rose dramatically. Students with disabilities were heavily concentrated in neighborhood high schools (rather than selective admissions, charter, small, or extended elementary schools). Eleven neighborhood high schools, all on probation and located in areas with disproportionately high levels of low income residents experienced an increase in students with special needs (from 16% to 30%) during this period. The overall growth of special education enrollment resulted in the increased separation of students with learning disabilities from general education students. Seven appendices provide supporting statistical detail. (Contains 16 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Disabilities, Disproportionate Representation, Educational Change, Enrollment Trends, High Schools, Incidence, Low Income Groups, Neighborhood Schools, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Secondary Education, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Urban Education
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Consortium on Chicago School Research, IL.