Special Education Students' Placement and Performance Outcomes on Math Assessments

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The issue of educational placements for students with disabilities has been an ongoing issue of debate brought to attention in 1975 by the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). This act required that procedures be enacted that would protect the rights of disabled children and assure that to the extent appropriate handicapped children are educated with children who are not handicapped and that the removal of handicapped children from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of that handicap is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplemental aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily (Part B,…show more content…
This leads individuals to question the appropriateness of many educational factors in regards to students with disabilities such as: placement, teacher qualification, instructional methods, and curriculum used in resource rooms versus inclusion classrooms. Statement of the Problem: The intention of this study is to investigate whether there is a correlation between academic results and academic placement of special education students. Specifically, if students in an inclusion math class with a content area certified teacher perform higher on state assessments. According to Cawley, Parmar, Yan, and Miller, (1996), students with special needs consistently perform at lower levels than their peers without special needs than students receiving the math instruction in the resource classroom with a special education teacher. Review of the Literature: This tends to be the case across all areas of instruction. Limited research has been conducted in the area of mathematic instruction and special education students’ progression in this area. Math is one subject area in particular that students Special Education Students' Placement and Performance Outcomes on Math Assessments with disabilities and their teachers struggle with the concepts. So the question of appropriate placement of students comes to further discussion. A number of research studies have been
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