Surveys of Ohio Families of Students with Disabilities

In the 2017-2018 school year, students with disabilities accounted for 15.7% or close to 267,000 of the 1.7 million public school students in the State of Ohio. This means that 1 in every 6 students has a documented disability requiring intervention and related support services to ensure they receive a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment as required under federal and state laws.

The Indicator 8 survey is required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. The purpose of the survey is to determine the number of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitate parental involvement as a means of improving critical educational outcomes.

Parents of preschool children with disabilities are asked to complete a 50-question survey and parents of school-age children complete a 25-question survey. All public and community schools are surveys on a 6-year cycle and the parents to be surveyed are choose using a random selection process. OSU is currently in charge of tracking the surveys by school, data entry and cleaning, and providing a data base of the completed survey’s back to the Ohio Department of Education.

Funded by Ohio Department of Education Office for Exceptional Children

Program Lead Dr. Barbara Boone