Educational Outcomes for Students With Disabilities provides readers with the most current perspectives on outcomes that are certain to have an influence on the services they provide. A shift from a focus on the process of education for students with disabilities to a focus on measurable outcomes is occurring and is permeating every level of education, from policy on down to the classroom. This book helps readers think about and prepare for changes in how they provide services.To begin preparing readers for change, the book presents a wide range of topics, beginning with clarifying definitions and historical groundings for the emphasis on outcomes. The authors cover everything from a perspective on the controversial Outcome Based Education (OBE) approach to guidelines on how to use existing data on outcomes. Ways to think about outcomes beyond academics and in alternative settings are addressed as well. Chapters also address different perspectives on what outcomes should be for even young children with disabilities.The contributing authors of this book represent a range of professionals--researchers, policymakers, advocates--whose work helps support student attainment of positive educational outcomes. Individual subjects addressed include:
- data collection
- opportunity to learn
- outcome based education (OBE)
- school reform
- alternative programs
- accountabilityEducational Outcomes for Students With Disabilities is a current synthesis of what specialists know about educational outcomes for students with disabilities. It highlights how new ideas will change how school personnel--school counselors and psychologists; supervisors; social workers; speech and language therapists; occupational and physical therapists; and SEA/LEA administrators--educate their students with disabilities.
Table of Contents
- Outcomes: Watch Your Language!
- Federal Policy and Educational Reform: Achieving Better Outcomes for Students With Disabilities
- Have We Made Progress in Fifteen Years of Evaluating the Effectiveness of Special Education Programs?
- What Results Should Be Measured to Decide Whether Instruction Is Working for Students With Disabilities?
- National Outcome Data Collection Programs: How They Can Be Used at the Local Level
- Opportunity-to-Learn Standards
- What Is OBE and What Does It Mean for Students With Disabilities?
- A State Level Approach to Gathering Data
- Consensus Building
- A Guide to Developing and Implementing a System of Outcomes and Indicators
- The Contributions of Related Services Personnel to School Reform Efforts
- Broadening Educational Outcomes Beyond Academics
- Desired Results of Second Chance Programs
- Stakeholder Reactions to Developing a Model for Early Childhood
- Beyond Traditional Standards: A Personal Perspective
- Parental Perspectives on Educational Outcomes
- Future Directions in the Education of Students With Disabilities
- Reference Notes Included