A Review of Web-Based Special Education Resources Provided to Parents by State Departments of Education

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Abstract

Parents who are knowledgeable of special education are more likely to engage in their child’s education. Parents seek information about special education from a number of sources including State Departments of Education (SDEs). However, little is known about the web-based special education resources SDEs provide to parents. We sought to address this gap by conducting a comprehensive review of SDE websites and special education resources. Two-thirds of SDEs provided special education resources in a parent-designated section of their website. The number of resources provided varied greatly by state and the majority of resources were specific to conflict/dispute resolution. Future research should explore how information provided can best support increased parental knowledge to improve parental engagement. Limitations and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Special Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • informational resources
  • parents
  • state agencies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation

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