Policy Research Brief: Alternative Schools and the Students They Serve - Perceptions of State Directors of Special Education

Part of the Policy Research Brief series.
Author(s)
Camilla Lehr, Cheryl M Lange, Eric Lanners
Managing Editor(s)
Mary Hayden, Vicki D Gaylord
Editor(s)
Christen L Opsal

Description

A brief reporting on findings from interviews conducted with 49 state directors of special education (or their designees). Recent data collected from a national survey estimates that about 12% of all students in alternative schools are students with disabilities. Yet we know very little about the nature of the instructional programs offered, special education processes and procedures in place, accountability practices, and outcomes for these students. In addition, we do not have complete descriptive information on the kinds of alternative schools and programs currently in operation. The brief describes their perceptions of (a) basic characteristics of alternative schools, (b) major issues for alternative schools, (c) major issues for state education agencies, (d) major issues for students with disabilities, and (e) educational reforms impacting alternative schools. The brief concludes with a discussion of trends that require further study.

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Details

Date
January 2003 
Type
Brief 
Edition
Volume 14, Number 1
Publisher
Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Topics

  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Dropout prevention and student engagement
    • Educational accountability and assessment
      • Evaluation of education programs
      • Specific disability
        • Emotional/behavioral disorder (EBD)
        • Specific life stage
          • Adolescents and young adults
            • Children