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ERIC Number: EJ829720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1525-1810
Measuring the Delivery of Special Education Services in a Large Urban District: Lessons from the Los Angeles Unified School District
Harr, Jenifer J.; Oliver, Deborah F.; Ramanathan, Arun; Socias, Miguel
Journal of Special Education Leadership, v21 n2 p58-63 Sep 2008
Special education service delivery is often the source of disputes between parents and districts and an issue in special education class-action lawsuits. Despite these controversies, there has been little large-scale research on the delivery of services. This study represents a large-scale assessment of the delivery of special education services in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) over a four-year period. The study was required by the terms of a consent decree that settled a class-action lawsuit. This consent decree required LAUSD to provide evidence to a court-appointed monitor that 93% of special education services were delivered to students and to demonstrate that 85% of all services were provided at the frequency and duration mandated by the students' individualized education programs (IEPs). The goal of this study is to produce reliable estimates of service delivery that were generalizable to the population of students with disabilities in the district. To measure LAUSD's ability to meet the service delivery outcomes of the consent decree, the authors developed a methodology to collect sufficient data to generalize the findings to the whole district. The study consisted of two parts: (1) the comparison of student IEPs and service provider delivery logs; and (2) the comparison between the student IEPs and the actual delivery of services as observed through site visits. During the course of the study, it became evident that tracking and measuring services had the beneficial result of both directing increased attention at rates of service delivery and providing accountability for services providers. By tracking and measuring service delivery, school districts can determine whether their personnel are providing students with the services delineated on their IEPs. This continuous monitoring not only can help ensure that students are receiving the services stated in their IEPs but also could be a precursor to measuring service effectiveness. (Contains 2 figures and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California