ERIC Number: EJ785924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
School-Based Screening to Determine Overreliance on Paraprofessionals
Giangreco, Michael F.; Broer, Stephen M.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v22 n3 p149-158 Fall 2007
This article describes the development of and directions for using a 16-item screening tool designed to assist cross-stakeholder school teams in determining the extent to which they may be over reliant on special education paraprofessionals or using them inappropriately. The content of the tool is based on contemporary, descriptive research regarding paraprofessionals in inclusive schools. Additionally, the article describes the field-testing of the screening tool in 27 schools (Grades K-12) in six states. Findings suggest that all 16 screening items represent substantial concerns that interfere with the delivery of high-quality inclusive schooling. Implications for practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Screening Tests, Special Education, Paraprofessional Personnel, Inclusive Schools, Test Items, Educational Quality, Field Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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