Date Approved

5-7-1996

Embargo Period

9-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S. Jay

Subject(s)

Exceptional children--Education (Secondary)--New Jersey; Mainstreaming in education--New Jersey

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this research project was to determine if Pupil Assistance Committee interventions reduce student classification and entry into special education. Also as part of the research project was the statement that the Pupil Assistance Committee intervention process enables students to succeed in the secondary school systems of the state of New Jersey. Success, for the purpose of the research project, was defined as a reduction of behavioral referrals, academic improvement and achievement, and resolution of crisis situations. The school that the Pupil Assistance Committee served was a secondary school in a suburban section of southern New Jersey. Observations, interviews and intervention logs were the means of data collection that was analyzed to determine the effectiveness of P.A.C. interventions. Outcomes of Pupil Assistance Committee interventions were gathered and analyzed to observe their effect upon students referred to this body.

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