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ERIC Number: ED522243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan-9
Pages: 49
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of LRE Placement Data Collection for Region 1: Verification, Consistency, and Comparability. Final Report
Bull, Bruce; Reedy, Kristin
Northeast Regional Resource Center (NERRC)
Historically, states in the northeast region have differed considerably from neighboring states in the percentage of their special education student population served in different educational environments. Placement data indicate the degree to which students with disabilities are placed in the least restrictive environment (LRE) along the continuum of placement options. This study investigated the degree of consistency with which placement classifications are used by different raters or coders within and across states within the region and explored possible explanations for state-to-state variation in placement patterns. State-specific surveys were created and each contained a core set of questions and exact scenarios. State respondents (special education local district personnel) independently assigned an LRE placement classification to the fictitious students in scenarios based on state-provided LRE placement descriptions. Additional questions were asked about availability, utilization, and perceived value of state-delivered training and technical assistance relative to LRE knowledge transfer. Wide variation existed in the scenario response patterns of respondents both within states and across states. Local, regional, and national recommendations are provided for improving the reliability of LRE data. Appended are: (1) Northeast States LRE Data (Based on 2004 Data); (2) Advance Project Checklist for LRE Materials; (3) Process Form; (4) Generic Survey Instrument; (5) Summary results of availability, engagement, and value of different technical assistance and training methods; (6) State School Age LRE Definitions; and (7) Aggregate and State Level Consensus on Coding LRE for School Age Scenarios. (Contains 9 tables, 2 figures and 2 footnotes.)
Northeast Regional Resource Center. Learning Innovations/WestEd, 20 Winter Sport Lane, Williston, VT 05495. Tel: 802-951-8226; Fax: 802-951-8222; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northeast Regional Resource Center at WestEd
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Maine; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; Rhode Island; Vermont