Project Intersect

Project Intersect PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 107 Views
  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings. 2. 10-25-04. Project Intersect. The University of Maryland is conducting a three-year study of special education in the charter school sector.Project Intersect will examine the relationship among three sets of variables and charter school special education p

Download Presentation

Project Intersect

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


2. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 2 10-25-04 Project Intersect The University of Maryland is conducting a three-year study of special education in the charter school sector. Project Intersect will examine the relationship among three sets of variables and charter school special education procedures and practices 1) features of the charter school law, 2) characteristics of charter schools, and 3) nature and type of technical assistance and special education infrastructure available to charter schools.

3. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 3 10-25-04 Project Intersect Data Collection Legislative review (N=41) Survey of state directors of special education (N=41) Survey of state charter school officials (N=41) Survey of authorizers (N=692) Survey of charter school operators with at least 1 year of experience (N=2979, n=683) Case studies of special education infrastructure

4. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 4 10-25-04 Methodology Survey of Charter School Authorizers (Spring 2004) 692 charter schools surveyed Electronic (Zoomerang™) and paper-pencil format 452 responses (65%) Random probability sample generalizable to population Test for bias associated with non-respondents revealed no apparent bias according to type or experience of authorizer

5. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 5 10-25-04 National Profile 692 Authorizers Local education agency (LEA): 90% (620) Institution of higher ed. (IHE): 5% (37) State education agency (SEA): 3% (22) Other (e.g., charter brds, non-profits): 2% (13)

6. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 6 10-25-04 Authorizer Experience Number of Charter Schools Authorized Range 1- 350 schools Average is 6 schools Mode is 1 school (51% of all authorizers have only authorized a single school) Top five authorizers in the sample have authorized 35% of all charter schools represented in the sample (n=2571)

7. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 7 10-25-04 Key Issues Related to Special Education: Technical Assistance Authorizers are the primary providers of special education related technical assistance 40% of all authorizers either offer or require that charter schools they authorize attend technical assistance and training related to special education during the application/authorization process 55% of authorizers don’t offer or require 6% of the respondents “do not know”

8. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 8 10-25-04 Key Issues Related to Special Education: Technical Assistance 33% of all authorizers don’t offer or require that charter schools they authorize attend technical assistance and training related to special education once schools are operating 64% of all authorizers either offer or require during operation 2% of the respondents “do not know”

9. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 9 10-25-04 Key Issues Related to Special Education: Legal Responsibility Legal responsibility related to providing special education and related services to students with disabilities attending charter schools they authorize: 34% total legal responsibility 34% shared legal responsibility 21% no legal responsibility 11% Do not know or “other”

10. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 10 10-25-04 Key Issues Related to Special Education: Provision of Services Besides charter school associations and resource centers, authorizers report that charter schools are utilizing the following organizations/strategies to assist with the ongoing provision of special education services in their schools: Authorizer 51% Intermediate education agency or unit 36% Individual consultants 31% State-level special ed. admin. for charter schools 17% LEA (if not the authorizer) 16% Education management organizations 11% Local non-profit 10% Special education coop for charter schools 6% Risk pooling (insurance model) 1%

11. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 11 10-25-04 Key Issues Related to Special Education: Renewal Issues 60% reported that a charter school’s special education record is a required component of the charter renewal process 8% reported special education records have been a factor in revocation

12. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 12 10-25-04 Key Issues: Ongoing Challenges Associated with Special Education Finding qualified related service personnel (62%) Having adequate funds to provide services to special education students (56%) Incorporating SWD in NCLB requirements (56%) Knowing special education laws and regulations (53%) Finding qualified special education teachers (50%) Understanding monitoring and compliance requirements (48%) Working with parents of students with disabilities (46%) Implementing the IEP (44%) Providing services to students in low incidence disability areas (44%) Modifying the school’s core curriculum for students with disabilities (43%)

13. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 13 10-25-04 Discussion Authorizers experience is generally limited to a single or only a few schools A relatively small cohort of very active authorizers have authorized the vast majority of the operating charter schools Authorizers’ responsibilities related to special education extend far beyond authorization and renewal

14. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 14 10-25-04 Implications The manner in which authorizers approach issues related to special education is an example of the evolving role of authorizers and the degree to which they are actively engaged in the actual operation of charter schools

15. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 15 10-25-04 Implications The expanded roles and responsibilities of authorizers raises questions about the degree to which they can separate themselves from charter schools for the purposes of accountability (e.g., 64% of the charter authorizes reported that they are either totally responsible or share responsibility for educating students with disabilities)

16. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 16 10-25-04 Implications for Future Research Critical to distinguish between descriptive information and policy generalizations—authorizers are unique and discussions about authorizers should reflect the policy context (e.g., type of authorizer, policy environment, experience) as opposed to making grand statements about ALL authorizers Avoid temptation to generalize in order to simplify. Findings and discussion must be nuanced to align with reality in the field

17. Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings 17 10-25-04 Resources Project Intersect www.education.umd.edu/EDSP/Projectintersect SPEDTACS Primers www.edgateway.net/specialedprimers Lauren Morando Rhim University of Maryland –[email protected]

  • Login