Date Approved

8-7-2006

Embargo Period

3-31-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Santangelo, Tanya

Subject(s)

Education, Secondary--Law and legislation; Special education teachers

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative investigation was to explore how the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) has impacted special education teachers at the secondary level. Two research strategies were used for this study. First, surveys were given to eleven special education teachers at a southern New Jersey high school. Then, a veteran teacher and a novice teacher at the high school were interviewed. It was found that participants generally endorsed the overarching goals of NCLB, but they did not believe that all of the requirements were realistic for students with disabilities. Based on these findings, recommendations related to special education teachers and students with disabilities are offered.

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