ERIC Number: EJ710544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
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Pupil Personnel Management: A Problem-Solving Model for Special Education's "Storms"
Barbour, C. Ben
School Administrator, v62 n2 p54 Feb 2005
In this article, the author argues, that with NCLB behind us, IDEA reauthorization in front of us and NAEP report cards and state standards on either side, American education finds itself in the center of an unprecedented confluence of state and federal mandates calling for higher performance accountabilities. The result is an educational analog to the Hollywood film, "The Perfect Storm," where a rare matrix of weather systems produced unique challenges to survival. Special education is particularly vulnerable to this storm--notably the high standards for proficiency as promulgated by No Child Left Behind. The upcoming reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is raising the possibility of substantial changes to such special education staples as eligibility, assessment and categorical placement. If you stir into the mix such pressing matters as over-representation and over-identification of minorities and elimination of the "wait-to-fail" phenomenon, special education clearly is facing some new realities.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, State Standards, Disabilities, National Competency Tests, Accountability, Special Education, Eligibility, Student Evaluation, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001