ERIC Number: ED446410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Where's Waldo? A Third Search for Students with Disabilities in State Accountability Reports. Technical Report 25.
Thurlow, Martha L.; Nelson, J. Ruth; Teelucksingh, Ellen; Ysseldyke, James E.
This report is the third analysis of state reports conducted by the National Center on Educational Outcomes to determine what types of information are provided on students with disabilities in state education reports. For this analysis, 170 reports were collected between March 1999 and August 1999 from state accountability offices and state special education offices. Despite requirements of the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for public reporting of assessment participation and performance data from students with disabilities, results indicate that only 14 states included participation data and only 17 states included performance data for students with disabilities in state assessments. There were increases in the reporting of performance data for students with disabilities, but not to the extent that might be expected given the timelines in IDEA. More than two-thirds of the document that did not include data on students with disabilities did include data on regular education students' performances. Only eight states reported data on students with disabilities for the first time in this analysis. Furthermore, three states that reported data on students with disabilities in previous years did not report data this time. Recommendations are presented. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/CR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Outcomes of Education, Performance, Recordkeeping, Reports, State Programs, Student Participation
National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455, Tel: 612- 624-8561; Fax: 612-624-0879; Web site: http://www.coled.umn.edu/NCEO ($20).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.; National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997