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ERIC Number: ED556805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 213
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-7016-6
The Effects of the Maryland Online Individualized Education Program Goal Wizard on Writing Standards Based Annual Goals
Lewis, Kimberly A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University
The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of the Maryland Online Individualized Education Program Goal Wizard on writing standards based annual goals. Specifically, 100 novice special education teachers form a large urban school system in Maryland were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The experimental group received one three-hour training on the Goal Wizard, a procedural facilitator designed to assist special education teachers develop Individualized Education Program (IEP) annual goals. The novice special educators in the control group were provided with one three-hour training on how to develop IEP annual goals but were not provided access to the Goal Wizard. Each special education teacher then provided three completed IEPs over a 12-week period which were then reviewed and scored by a team of trained raters. Each IEP annual goal was reviewed for legal compliance and scored for Depth of Knowledge (DOK). A quasi experimental, posttest control group design was used to compare the two groups on the dependent measures. Parametric and non-parametric measures were utilized to compare the two conditions. Results indicate that the teachers who were provided with training on the procedural facilitator known as the Goal Wizard produced annual goals that demonstrated significantly higher legal compliance than the teachers on the control group. The annual goals developed by the novice special education teachers receiving training on the Goal Wizard had significantly higher DOK scores than the teachers who did not receive access to the Goal Wizard. Based on the results of this study, it was concluded that training novice special education teachers on the procedural facilitator known as the Goal Wizard significantly improved both compliance and DOK on IEP annual goals. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland