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ERIC Number: EJ925479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6819
The Summary of Performance: The Reality and the Possibility
Madaus, Joseph W.; Shaw, Stan F.; Miller, Wayne K.; Banerjee, Manju; Vitello, Stanley
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v17 n1 p33-37 2011
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) requires that each local education agency provide a transition summary document, commonly called a Summary of Performance (SOP), to all special education students who are graduating with a regular diploma or reaching the maximum age for services. However, other than specifying that the form contain a summary of the student's academic and functional performance and recommendations to help the student meet postsecondary goals, the IDEA regulations offer little guidance regarding the content of the SOP or how it should be implemented. This article provides an overview of the SOP and presents the results of a national study of SOP forms promulgated by 43 state education agencies (SEAs). Significant variation was found across the states, with 88% percent meeting the minimal requirements of the IDEA. The utility of a comprehensive SOP in assisting secondary students with learning disabilities to access supports and accommodations in employment and postsecondary education is discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act