Focusing on educational outcomes: Challenges for special services personnel

Martha L. Thurlow, James E. Ysseldyke

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National education goals, content standards, and national tests are the hot topics of the day in educational reform. Special services personnel eventually will be faced with these issues, and can either be part of the discussion from the beginning, or wait and have to deal with someone else’s decisions. In this article, we highlight some recent national and state educational reform activities and their probable implications for students with disabilities. We explain in brief the impetus behind the thrust toward an outcomesbased approach to education, and summarize the response of the National Center on Educational Outcomes for Students with Disabilities to this push. Possible ways in which special service providers can act to influence the focus on outcomes are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-183
Number of pages17
JournalSpecial Services in the Schools
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 9 1994


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