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Studying Special Education in Charter Schools. Project Intersect. Project Intersect. The University of Maryland is conducting a three-year study of special education in the charter school sector.
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Concentrating on Special Education in Charter Schools Project Intersect

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Project Intersect The University of Maryland is directing a three-year investigation of a specialized curriculum in the contract school part. Venture Intersect will look at the relationship among three arrangements of variables and sanction school specialized curriculum techniques and practices 1) components of the contract school law, 2) qualities of contract schools, and 3) nature and sort of specialized help and custom curriculum framework accessible to sanction schools . Venture Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Project Intersect Data Collection Legislative audit (N=41) Survey of state chiefs of a specialized curriculum (N=41) Survey of state sanction school authorities (N=41) Survey of authorizers (N=692) Survey of contract school administrators with no less than 1 year of experience (N=2979, n=683) Case investigations of a specialized curriculum foundation Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Methodology Survey of Charter School Authorizers (Spring 2004) 692 sanction schools reviewed Electronic (Zoomerang ™) and paper-pencil position 452 reactions (65%) Random likelihood test generalizable to population Test for predisposition connected with non-respondents revealed no obvious inclination as indicated by sort or experience of authorizer Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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National Profile 692 Authorizers Local training organization (LEA): 90% (620) Institution of higher ed. (IHE): 5% (37) State instruction office (SEA): 3% (22) Other (e.g., contract brds, non-benefits): 2% (13) Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Authorizer Experience Number of Charter Schools Authorized Range 1-350 schools Average is 6 schools Mode is 1 school ( 51% of all authorizers have just approved a solitary school) Top five authorizers in the example have approved 35% of all sanction schools spoke to in the specimen (n=2571) Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Key Issues Related to Special Education: Technical Assistance Authorizers are the essential suppliers of a custom curriculum related specialized help 40% of all authorizers either offer or require that contract schools they approve go to specialized help and preparing identified with a specialized curriculum amid the application/approval process 55% of authorizers don't offer or require 6% of the respondents "don't have a clue" Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Key Issues Related to Special Education: Technical Assistance 33% of all authorizers don't offer or require that contract schools they approve go to specialized help and preparing identified with a custom curriculum once schools are working 64% of all authorizers either offer or require amid operation 2% of the respondents "don't have a clue" Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Key Issues Related to Special Education: Legal Responsibility Legal obligation identified with giving custom curriculum and related administrations to understudies with incapacities going to sanction schools they approve: 34% aggregate lawful duty 34% shared lawful obligation 21% no lawful obligation 11% Do not know or "other" Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Key Issues Related to Special Education: Provision of Services Besides contract school affiliations and asset focuses, authorizers report that sanction schools are using the accompanying associations/techniques to help with the progressing arrangement of a specialized curriculum administrations in their schools: Authorizer 51% Intermediate training organization or unit 36% Individual consultants 31% State-level custom curriculum. administrator. for sanction schools 17% LEA (if not the authorizer) 16% Education administration organizations 11% Local non-benefit 10% Special instruction coop for contract schools 6% Risk pooling (protection model) 1% Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Key Issues Related to Special Education: Renewal Issues 60% reported that a contract school's specialized curriculum record is a required segment of the contract recharging process 8% reported custom curriculum records have been a variable in repudiation Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Key Issues: Ongoing Challenges Associated with Special Education Finding qualified related administration staff (62%) Having satisfactory assets to give administrations to a specialized curriculum understudies (56%) Incorporating SWD in NCLB prerequisites (56%) Knowing custom curriculum laws and controls (53%) Finding qualified specialized curriculum educators (half) Understanding observing and consistence necessities (48%) Working with guardians of understudies with inabilities (46%) Implementing the IEP (44%) Providing administrations to understudies in low occurrence handicap zones (44%) Modifying the school's central subjects for understudies with incapacities (43%) Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Discussion Authorizers experience is for the most part restricted to a solitary or just a couple schools A moderately little accomplice of extremely dynamic authorizers have approved by far most of the working contract schools Authorizers' obligations identified with a specialized curriculum stretch out a long ways past approval and reestablishment Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Implications The way in which authorizers approach issues identified with a specialized curriculum is a case of the advancing part of authorizers and the extent to which they are effectively occupied with the genuine operation of sanction schools Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Implications The extended parts and duties of authorizers brings up issues about the extent to which they can isolate themselves from sanction schools for the motivations behind responsibility (e.g., 64% of the contract approves reported that they are either absolutely capable or offer duty regarding teaching understudies with handicaps) Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Implications for Future Research Critical to recognize unmistakable data and strategy speculations—authorizers are exceptional and discourses about authorizers ought to mirror the arrangement setting (e.g., kind of authorizer, approach environment, experience) instead of putting forth amazing expressions about ALL authorizers Avoid allurement to sum up keeping in mind the end goal to streamline. Discoveries and dialog must be nuanced to adjust to reality in the field Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings

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Resources Project Intersect www.education.umd.edu/EDSP/Projectintersect SPEDTACS Primers www.edgateway.net/specialedprimers Lauren Morando Rhim University of Maryland –lrhim@umd.edu Project Intersect-Preliminary Findings