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ERIC Number: EJ1013681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0827-3383
The Relationship of IEP Quality to Curricular Access and Academic Achievement for Students with Disabilities
La Salle, Tamika P.; Roach, Andrew T.; McGrath, Dawn
International Journal of Special Education, v28 n1 p135-144 2013
The purpose of this study was to investigate the quality of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and its influence on academic achievement, inclusion in general education classrooms, and curricular access for students with disabilities. 130 teachers from the state of Indiana were asked to submit the most recent IEP of one of their students in either elementary or middle school who (a) had an identified disability and (b) achieved the lowest level of proficiency on the statewide standardized assessment. Teachers also were asked complete the Curriculum Indicators Survey (CIS) which provided information about their student's curriculum and instructional experiences. Ratings from the IEP analysis tool developed for and used in this study suggest that students' IEP goals were of variable quality across grade bands. Academic-focused IEP goals were more likely to include sufficient information about links to the curriculum standards and progress monitoring strategies, but less frequently included sufficient information about students' present levels of performance (PLOP) and the relevance of IEP goals to the students' educational needs. Additionally, the quality of progress monitoring information in academic-focused IEP goals demonstrated a negative association with student achievement. IEP quality demonstrated no significant relationship to inclusion in general education classrooms or two measures of curricular access. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A