ERIC Number: ED478562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The National State Policy Database. Quick Turn Around (QTA).
Ahearn, Eileen; Jackson, Terry
This paper describes the National State Policy Database (NSPD), a full-text searchable database of state and federal education regulations for special education. It summarizes the history of the NSPD and reports on a survey of state directors or their designees as to their use of the database and their suggestions for its future expansion. The history of NSPD is recounted from its origins in 1990 through its development and availability on the Internet since 1998. It notes that the NSPD currently contains the special regulations for 49 states and the Department of Defense schools, as well as the 1997 federal regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Survey interviews with 36 state directors and staff found that 25 states were using the NSPD, that 22 of these indicated no problems with its use, and that commonly reported uses included providing a perspective on what other states are doing; helping with policy development and revision; and allowing examination of specific policy issues in depth. Interviewees also suggested additions to the NSPD and offered suggestions for updating the NSPD. Nonusers of the database indicated this is because they were not aware of it, the database does not fit their needs, or they have difficulty accessing information. (DB)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Databases, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Regulation, Information Retrieval, Special Education, State Regulation, State Standards
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 1800 Diagonal Rd., Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808. For full text: http://www.nasdse.org/forum.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.