A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

To Assure the Free Appropriate Public Education of All Children with Disabilities - 1996

Special Studies Program

Division of Innovation and Development
Office of Special Education Programs

I. Context for Agenda Process

To set forth an agenda for the Special Studies Program, community members were asked to identify the information needed to support broad systemic change for achieving better results for students with disabilities.

II. Components of the Agenda

Program Mission

To contribute to the creation of a comprehensive educational and support system in which there is a collective responsibility for providing inclusive programs and individually determined services as a means of meeting unique and diverse needs and ensuring successful results for all children.

Program Information Needs

Management and Regulatory Flexibility. In order to stimulate the integration and participation of children with disabilities in a full variety of regular education settings, promote continuity of services, serve a wider range of children at risk of educational failure, and realize better results for all children, management and regulatory flexibility are needed.

Accountability for Results. To enable the tracking of student progress and the generating of feedback for ongoing system improvement, we need to instill into educational systems accountability for the results of each child's schooling and for use of a comprehensive, community based, family oriented system of education and support.

Community Supported Schools. To meet the complex and varied needs of students and their families, we need community supported schools that will become the focal point for family participation in activities and services that foster the development of all children.

School Oriented Personnel Development Environment and Strategies. To expand the capacity of schools to respond to the diversity of student characteristics and learning requirements, we need to reconfigure the relationships and responsibilities of staff and create an environment of continued professional development capable of improving the learning of all children.

Interagency Collaboration. Families need to be able to enter a comprehensive system of services at any point rather than separately access programs and services from several agencies. In order to reduce gaps in services and realize the full use of existing resources, we need to expand system capacity through interagency collaboration.

Technological Capacity. In order to meet the challenge of remaining current related to an expanding professional knowledge base, developing professional networks, tracking tasks and performance, and increasing responsiveness to informational requests, we need to develop strategies that utilize the existing and emerging technological capacity to obtain, store, analyze and generate knowledge bases.


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