ERIC Number: ED594846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Special Education: Varied State Criteria May Contribute to Differences in Percentages of Children Served. Report to Congressional Requesters. GAO-19-348
Nowicki, Jacqueline M.
US Government Accountability Office
About 13 percent of children aged 3 through 21 enrolled in public schools received special education services in school year 2015-16, and about 3 percent of children from birth through age 2 received special education services. Concerns about the difficulties identifying and evaluating children for special education have been raised by the media, experts, and special education advocates. GAO was asked to examine how states implement Child Find and how Education monitors it. This report examines (1) factors that may account for differences in the percentage of children receiving special education services across states, and (2) how Education and selected states monitor and support Child Find efforts. GAO reviewed federal special education data, agency documentation, federal laws and regulations, and selected state laws; and interviewed Education officials, officials from four state agencies and 15 school districts in those states (Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, and New York), and representatives of organizations that advocate for families of individuals with disabilities as well as special education subject matter specialists.
Descriptors: Special Education, Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Disability Identification, Access to Education, Federal Legislation, State Legislation, State Agencies, School Districts, Eligibility, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Early Intervention, Public Education, Program Implementation, State Departments of Education, Accountability, Referral, English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, Technical Assistance, At Risk Students
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Iowa; Massachusetts; New York; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C