ERIC Number: ED484259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Alternative Schools and Students With Disabilities: Identifying and Understanding the Issues. Information Brief. Volume 3, Issue 6.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, University of Minnesota (NCSET)
Understanding the role of alternative schools in providing educational opportuni-ties for youth with disabilities has become increasingly important over the past few years. Significant numbers of youth with disabilities are not completing school and the extent to which alternative education may offer an option that engages students, provides a more successful school experience, and improves the likelihood of graduation has been largely unexamined. In 2001, the University of Minnesota received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education?s Office of Special Educa-tion Programs to conduct research on alternative schools across the country. Special emphasis was given to studying how and the extent to which students with disabili-ties are being served within these settings. The purpose of this information brief is to share responses of state directors of special education to a telephone interview about major issues regarding students with disabilities and alternative schools in their state. State directors of special education are in a unique position to provide their perspective in light of expertise and experience with state policy, responsibility for oversight, and knowledge of broader issues for students with disabilities. In all, responses were obtained from state directors of special education or their designees in 48 states and the District of Columbia yielding a 96% response rate.
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