Document Type


Publication Date


Publication Title

SRI International




Education | Education Policy | Special Education and Teaching


This two-volume Second Annual Report presents the results of the data collection activities during the first year. The first volume is a nontechnical presentation of the research findings. We have tried to keep it as free of technical jargon as possible and have assumed that readers have some familiarity with the California Master Plan. Volume II is a technical appendix that discusses in detail the methodological aspects of the work. The purpose of this report is to describe concisely, informatively, and objectively the status of special education programs in districts, RLAs, and counties. Most of the information presented is based on findings from questionnaires sent to more than 6,000 special education and regular education teachers and to more than 3,000 parents of students who were receiving special education services during the 1978-79 school year; those questionnaires are appended. These samples of teachers and parents were randomly selected from 25 major areas throughout the state, as shown in Figure 1. These areas represent 371 unified school districts and a total special education population of 97,576 students. All the Master Plan (MP) areas implementing the program during the 1978-79 school year were included in the sample (17 RLAs), as was a sample of eight nonparticipating units that were selected for their similarity to the RLAs already in the Master Plan. The characteristics used to select the non-Master Plan (NMP) group were size of the student population, region of the state, total dollars spent per student, and the urban-rural nature of the district.


This report was originally published in SRI International, volume 1, 1980. ©1980 SRI International