Date Approved

5-1-2000

Embargo Period

6-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Urban, Stanley

Subject(s)

United States. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Children with disabilities--Education--Law and legislation; School board members--New Jersey; Special education--Law and legislation--New Jersey

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to obtain information regarding the level of understanding that local school board members have in reference to IDEA and the New Jersey Special Education Code. A questionnaire was devised that contained twelve items in regards to least restrictive environment, free and appropriate education, the IEP process, evaluation procedures and parental rights. Thirty-six questionnaires were distributed to a convenience group composed of a school superintendent and board members. The sample represented four different counties in New Jersey. A total of 16 questionnaires were returned. It was found that out of the 16 respondents, 5 answered ten or more questions correctly. There were consistent weaknesses when referring to extended school year questions, as well as pertaining to parental written permission to conduct a Child Study Team evaluation.

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