ERIC Number: ED484245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Opportunities and Challenges: Perspectives on NCLBA from Special Education Directors in Urban School Districts. EPRRI Issue Brief Six
Nagle, Kate; Crawford, Jinny
Educational Policy Reform Research Institute
This issue brief presents the views of 13 individuals, all in special education leadership positions in selected urban school districts in the United States, concerning the opportunities and challenges their districts face in implementing key NCLBA requirements for students with disabilities. Results from a survey and two focus groups reveal that although district leaders see opportunities for students with disabilities, many are facing significant challenges. These challenges are similar across districts despite differences in geographic location, district size, and student characteristics. Some specific issues relate to multiple themes, thus highlighting the complex nature of many topics within the field of education, particularly special education. Issues relate to the following areas: (1) participation and performance of students with disabilities on state assessments; (2) personnel; (3) finance and resources; (4) alignment of IDEA and NCLBA; and (5) longevity of reform and timely access to policy guidance.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Administrator Attitudes, Achievement Tests, Special Education, School Districts, Urban Schools, Student Participation, Teacher Qualifications, Accountability, Academic Standards
Educational Policy Research Reform Institute, 1308 Benjamin Building College Park, MD 20742-1161. Tel: 301-405-6509.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Policy Reform Research Inst., College Park, MD.