Overview of Findings from Wave 1 of the Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study (SEELS)

The findings from this report address five broad research questions:

What are the characteristics of elementary and middle school students with disabilities in terms of individual and household demographics and their disabilities and functioning?
What are the experiences of students with disabilities in their nonschool hours, in terms of after-school care, interactions with friends, and participation in extracurricular activities?
What are the characteristics of their school programs and language arts classroom experiences, and how do they differ between students whose instruction is in a general education class and those whose instruction is in a special education class?
How do students with disabilities fare in the domains of school engagement, academic performance, social adjustment, and independence, and what factors relate to more positive achievements in these domains?
How do these factors differ for students with different disabilities and demographic characteristics?

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Last Updated 2/05