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Cost-effectiveness analysis for state and local decision making: An application to half-day and full-day preschool special education programs.


February 22, 2018 Economics and FinanceOutcomesSpecial Education

By Barnett, W. S. (1987) The following article presents the results of a cost-effectiveness analysis in which half-day and full-day intervention programs for handicapped preschoolers were compared. The research sample consisted of 39 matched pairs of handicapped 4-year-olds in nine half- and nine full-day classrooms. Program effectiveness was evaluated using cognitive and expressive language scores from…

The economics of preschool special education under Public Law 99-457.


February 22, 2018 Special EducationState & Local

By Barnett, W. S. (1988). State policy makers face important choices in responding to P.L. 99–157 that will greatly affect the future course of preschool special education and have important educational and economic implications. This paper reviews the current situation in preschool special education: who is served, how they are served, and what it costs. It…

A contingent valuation approach to measuring the benefits of preschool education.


February 22, 2018 Economics and FinanceSpecial Education

By Escobar, C. M., Barnett, W. S., & Keith, J. E. (1988). It is difficult to quantify and value many of the benefits of education. This paper illustrates the use of contingent valuation to obtain more complete estimates of the economic value of difficult-to-measure benefits of preschool education for handicapped children and presents a general approach…

The economics of early intervention for handicapped children: What do we really know?


February 22, 2018 AssessmentSpecial Education

By Barnett, W. S., & Escobar, C. M. (1988). From an economic perspective, early intervention is an investment that can be evaluated in terms of its costs and the benefits it yields through improvements in the quality of children’s lives and indirect returns to the community, such as reduced special education costs. In this article, the…

Parent and clinic early intervention for children with language handicaps: A cost-effectiveness analysis.


February 22, 2018 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education

By Barnett, W. S., Escobar, C. M., & Ravsten, M. T. (1988). This study investigated the economic efficiency of alternative types of intervention with language-impaired preschool children. Forty children were randomly assigned to one of four groups: (a) home-based (parent-delivered) intervention, (b) center-based intervention, (c) both center- and home-based intervention, and (d) no treatment. The home…

Research on the cost effectiveness of early educational intervention: Implications for research and policy.


February 22, 2018 Economics and FinanceSpecial Education

By Barnett, W. S. & Escobar, C. M. (1989). In the last decade, the “cost effectiveness” of early educational intervention has become a familiar argument for the expansion of such services to young children who are handicapped or living in poverty. Indeed, the claim is often broadened to support public provision of universal early childhood programs….

Early childhood programs in the public schools: Insights from a state survey


February 22, 2018 Special EducationState & Local

By Barnett, W. S. & Frede, E. C. (1993). Local education agencies (LEAs) have considerable discretion in the development and implementation of early childhood policy and programs. It is therefore useful to describe local implementation of early childhood policies, including those for young children with disabilities. A survey was conducted of early childhood programs administered by…

Effects of children with Down Syndrome on parents’ activities. American Journal on Mental Retardation


February 22, 2018 Special Education

By Barnett, W. S. & Boyce, G. C. (1995) Effects of children with Down syndrome on parents’ daily activities were investigated. Data on the allocation of time to daily activities were obtained from time diaries provided by two samples of parents with at least one child under age 17. Parents in one sample had a child…

Benefits and costs of quality early childhood education.


December 15, 2017 Economics and FinanceSpecial Education

By Barnett, W. S. (2007). Early childhood education is one of the most rapidly growing sectors in American education. The vast majority of states support some early childhood education programs apart from preschool special education (which every state mandates), and an increasing number of states are committed to providing every child a public education at age…

Why pre-k is critical to closing the achievement gap.


December 15, 2017 InternationalOutcomesSpecial Education

By Frede, E. & Barnett, W. S. (2011). The recently released results of the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) comparison of educational achievement across 65 countries has brought renewed attention to the achievement gap and recommended changes to improve U.S. performance. The U.S. was well down in the middle of the pack for reading,…