Mathematica is conducting this study to provide new information on preschool special education programs and inform policymakers and educators about promising practices to improve outcomes for preschool children with disabilities.
Policymakers and educators have long recognized the importance of addressing the needs of youth with disabilities through special education support programs and services. These programs range from academic support resources offered during school to services designed to produce positive transitions after schooling is completed.
Mathematica analyzes the effectiveness of program administration functions—for example resource allocation, data management, or budget management. We also assess the outcomes of special education practices, noting the challenges special needs youth can face depending on factors such as socioeconomic status, health conditions, or socialization goals.
Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices
State and Local Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Mathematica is evaluating the implementation of academic instruction, intervention, and supports for students with Individualized Education Programs and other children eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Redesign of State Vocational Rehabilitation Data Collection Forms
The redesign of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) forms project centered on revising the then-current reporting forms used by state vocational rehabilitation agencies to report case performance and fiscal data to the federal RSA.
National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012
This study gathered information on students with and without disabilities, including those needing special education services, those with a condition that qualifies for accommodations under Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and others with no identified disability.
Evaluation of the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income PROMISE Grants
Youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) face substantial barriers to economic independence in transitioning to adult life. The barriers are related to their health status, social isolation, service needs, and potential loss of disability benefits.