An evaluation of a technical assistance program for special education area cooperatives in Kentucky

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Kentucky Department of Education initiated a technical assistance program in 1981-82 for fifteen special education area cooperative projects established in 1980 with funds from P. L. 94-142. The program was aimed at overcoming problems related to the implementation of the cooperative concept among project participants. The program consisted of: On-Site Visits; Conferences and Workshops; Statewide Meeting; Consultations; Quarterly Mailings; and Proposal Development. The Discrepancy Evaluation Model was used to evaluate the program. A variety of measures including questionnaires and workshop evaluations were utilized. A review of the cooperative project proposals for 1981-82 and 1982-83, by a Panel of Experts, provided additional evaluation data. The analysis of the data included both descriptive and nonparametric statistics. While statistical significant was not shown, the analysis indicated the program was successful in strengthening the cooperative concept.