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ERIC Number: EJ1208836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1540-7969
Considerations in Placement Decisions for Students with Extensive Support Needs: An Analysis of LRE Statements
Kurth, Jennifer A.; Ruppar, Andrea L.; Toews, Samantha Gross; McCabe, Katie M.; McQueston, Jessica A.; Johnston, Russell
Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, v44 n1 p3-19 Mar 2019
Special education consists of specially designed services available for students with disabilities, and should be available across placements. Students with the most significant disabilities continue to be taught in restrictive settings, despite accumulating evidence suggesting their special education services can be delivered effectively in general education settings. Every individualized education program (IEP) must contain a statement describing how the student will be provided a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. The present study used content analysis to examine least restrictive environment statements of 88 students' IEPs to determine what factors, including supplementary aids and services, were considered in making placement decisions. We further analyzed the classes and activities in which students participated in general education settings. Findings reveal supplementary aids and services were not considered in placement decisions, although a number of factors centering on curricular considerations, environmental demands, student deficit, and personnel requirements were noted in making placement decisions. We further found students primarily participated in non-academic instruction while in general education settings. Implications for policy, practice, and research are included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act