|Regents of the University|
|Purpose of the QI Study|
|Program Areas / Sub-Areas|
|Part I: Program Quality|
|Part 2: Link Between Program Quality & Student Outcomes|
|Download/ Print: Full Research Bulletin: (pdf)*|
Education Quality Indicator Study
Purpose of the Quality Indicator Study
The Quality Indicator Study was undertaken at a time when preschool special education reform was just gaining momentum. Conducted by MAGI Educational Services, Inc. under a contract with the State Education Department, the study was designed for a dual purpose:
A number of data collection procedures were used to address these purposes including survey methodology, interview, observation and analysis of student placement data. The primary instrument for the study was a comprehensive Program Survey, which was completed by 258 preschool special programs or 70 percent of the total number of State-funded programs. All types of programs were represented in the data: special class settings, integrated class settings and Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) programs. The survey was designed to measure research-based quality indicators of early childhood special
This study was characterized by a number of features that served to strengthen the interpretation of the findings. There was a systematic data collection plan that incorporated a number of converging procedures. For the program and placement surveys, there was a high response rate with acceptable statewide representation in terms of region, district type and size of program. There was strong reliability of the comprehensive survey as a measurement instrument for determining program quality.
* Endnotes i through xii are located on page 16 of this document.