Date Approved

4-14-1997

Embargo Period

8-24-2016

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)

Special education--Law and legislation--New Jersey

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

Twenty-three of thirty districts surveyed respond to questions addressing the implications of proposed amendments to NJAC 6:28, presented by Dr. Klagholz in August 1996. Statistical data was obtained regarding district size and special education populations. Responses investigated areas of Child Study Team, classification, programs, P2R, curriculum and assessment, case management and outside agency licensure The results were tabulated and significant findings were evident.

The most provocative findings show uncertainty on the part of the districts as to the effects of these proposed changes on special education. The respondents indicate concerns that these changes will lead to increased litigation and a reduction in services to special education students. The data obtained indicates inconsistencies in defining and classifying learning disabled students using both severe discrepancy models and functional guidelines across school districts. Inclusionary practices may or may not increase but districts consistently report that they do not have the space necessary to develop additional programs in district. If proposed changes are adopted, direction by the State Department of Education will be necessary to provide a smooth transition and the continuance of quality programs for special education students.

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