Date of Award


Degree Name

School Psychology


Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

R. Lanai Jennings

Second Advisor

Sandra Stroebel

Third Advisor

Teresa Clark


The study examined parent-school partnership efforts, as reported and perceived by parents of students with disabilities in a Mid-Atlantic State. Due to the high correlation between parent involvement and academic success, these qualitative comments were deemed vital to ongoing special education improvement in the state. The study utilized the State Education Agency parent survey data which was collected in accordance with the State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report requirements under Section 616 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. Survey responses from parents of students with disabilities were aggregated and analyzed for local education agencies. These comments were categorized by topic area, parents’ viewpoints, and themes to reveal the successes, obstacles, and experiences as perceived by parents of children with disabilities. Results indicate that parents express frequent concern regarding eligibility and evaluation, IEP Services, and Compliance with IEP, while they had frequent positive comments regarding adequate and qualified staff.


Students with disabilities -- United States.

Students with disabilities -- Education.

Education -- Parent participation.