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ERIC Number: EJ873625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 100
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4669
A Propensity Score Matching Analysis of the Effects of Special Education Services
Morgan, Paul L.; Frisco, Michelle L.; Farkas, George; Hibel, Jacob
Journal of Special Education, v43 n4 p236-254 2010
We sought to quantify the effectiveness of special education services as naturally delivered in U.S. schools. Specifically, we examined whether children receiving special education services displayed (a) greater reading or mathematics skills, (b) more frequent learning-related behaviors, or (c) less frequent externalizing or internalizing problem behaviors than closely matched peers not receiving such services. To do so, we used propensity score matching techniques to analyze data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99, a large-scale, nationally representative sample of U.S. schoolchildren. Collectively, results indicate that receipt of special education services has either a negative or a statistically nonsignificant impact on children's learning and behavior. However, special education services do yield a small, positive effect on children's learning-related behaviors. (Contains 6 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
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Language: English
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