Date of Award

2015

Degree Name

School Psychology

College

Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree

Ed.S.

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Lanai Jennings

Second Advisor

Conrae Lucas-Adkins

Third Advisor

Sandra Stroebel

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of Intellectual Disability (ID) in each of West Virginia’s Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). Publicly available enrollment and disability counts were aggregated and used to calculate an administrative prevalence rate for each LEA annually, from 2004 to 2013. Prevalence was examined within and between LEAs, as well as between regions. The results indicate a decrease in the administrative prevalence of ID in 50 of 55 LEAs over the 10 years examined. Rates within LEAs varied between years. Additionally, school-based prevalence varied between RESAs, with RESA I and RESA VIII exhibiting the most frequent significant differences. Although size did not impact prevalence when examined as a categorical variable, a weak correlation was found when analyzing prevalence rates and actual district total enrollment as ratio measures.

Subject(s)

People with mental disabilities -- West Virginia.

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