ERIC Number: ED480756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Prekindergarten Special Education Classes in U.S. Public Schools. Synthesis Brief.
Jackson, Terry L.; Markowitz, Joy
The National Center for Education Statistics conducted a survey of 1,843 public elementary schools that focused on both general education and special education prekindergarten characteristics of the students, classes, personnel, funding sources, and support services. This document summarizes findings relating to prekindergarten special education classes for students with disabilities. Findings indicate: (1) 20% of schools offered general education prekindergarten classes only, 8% offered special education prekindergarten classes only, and 8% offered both general education and prekindergarten classes; (2) the average number of children in prekindergarten general education classes was 17 compared with 9 children per class in prekindergarten special education classes; (3) large public elementary schools were more likely to offer prekindergarten special education classes; (4) public elementary schools in the southeast were more likely to offer prekindergarten special education classes; (5) schools where minority enrollment was 21% or higher were more likely to offer prekindergarten special education classes; (6) overall, 30% of children enrolled in public elementary school prekindergarten classes had individualized education programs (IEPs); and (7) schools with the lowest poverty rate served a higher proportion of prekindergarten children with IEPs than schools with the highest poverty rate. (CR)
Descriptors: Class Size, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Schools, Incidence, Inclusive Schools, Individualized Education Programs, Institutional Characteristics, Minority Group Children, Poverty Areas, Preschool Education, School Size, Special Classes, Special Education, Student Characteristics
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 - 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.