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)
Pages (from-to)180-190
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Special Education
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020

Keywords

  • informational resources
  • parents
  • state agencies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation

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