This study has been completed.
October 2009 – January 2018
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) is the most recent authorization of a law passed in 1975 to promote a free appropriate public education for children with disabilities. Funded at $12.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2010, IDEA supports early intervention services for infants and toddlers, special education services for children ages 3 through 21, and early intervening services for students not in special education but in need of academic or behavioral support.
As specified in IDEA Part D, the Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Program is to provide technical assistance, support model demonstration projects, disseminate useful information, and implement activities that are supported by scientifically-based research to meet the needs of children with disabilities. This study–conducted under Section 664 of IDEA 2004 to assess the implementation and effectiveness of key programs and services supported under the law–was designed to describe the products and services provided by the TA&D Program grantees, state and local needs for technical assistance, and the role that the TA&D Program plays in meeting these needs and supporting implementation of IDEA.
This study was descriptive and produced two reports:
For the interim report, data collection included administering surveys in 2013 to all TA&D Program national center grantees (i.e., all TA&D Program grantees except for the State Deafblind Project centers and model demonstration projects), all state IDEA Part B and Part C administrators, and a sample of state-level special education program staff. Surveys focused on assessing the services provided by the grantees and states' needs for and satisfaction with technical assistance.
For the final report, additional data were collected in 2015 from each State Deafblind Project grantee and from those who provided services at the local level to children with deaf-blindness and their families. Surveys focused on assessing the services provided by these grantees and providers' needs for and satisfaction with technical assistance.
These two rounds of survey data provide a general picture of the TA&D Program under IDEA, and were descriptively analyzed to address the three research questions.
On National and Regional TA&D centers:
On State Deaf-Blind Projects:
The final report, titled National Evaluation of the State Deaf-Blind Projects, was released in January 2018.
The interim report, titled National Evaluation of the IDEA Technical Assistance & Dissemination Program, was released in October 2013.