ERIC Number: EJ787718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 8
Program Accountability for Students Who Are Visually Impaired
Toelle, Nancy M.; Blankenship, Karen E.
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v102 n2 p97-102 Feb 2008
Administrators across the U.S. are collecting and analyzing program and student-specific data to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2004), and state performance plans. Although most states are not required to disaggregate data for students who are visually impaired, educational programs that serve this population are mandated to analyze these data for the effectiveness of programs. One such process is results-based accountability, which Friedman (2005) described as a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that can be used to improve the performance of programs, agencies, and service systems. This article discusses a rigorous process that collects and analyzes program-specific and student-specific data called Quality Programs for Students with Visual Impairments (QPVI). Developed in 1985, QPVI has evolved in keeping with public laws and promising practices in the field of visual impairment. This article describes the key features of the process and how QPVI has been used to gather data to document the current status of a program and to plan for continued improvement in a program for students with visual impairments, including those who are deaf-blind or have additional disabilities.
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Federal Legislation, Program Effectiveness, Accountability, Data Analysis, Deaf Blind, Program Improvement, Disabilities, Program Evaluation
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