This one-of-a-kind Public Agenda Foundation poll asks about the unique concerns and experiences that parents of special needs children have, especially regarding special education. How good a job are the teachers and schools doing in addressing their child’s needs? What is their child’s daily experience in school like? What are the best ways to improve special education classes? How do they feel towards parents whose children don’t have special needs? Find out their opinions on individualized education programs, the structure of special education classes, standardized testing, and the special needs evaluation process.

The data was collected from April 12th – May 11th, 2002 of 510 parents of public school children with special needs by Robinson Muenster Associates, Inc. for Public Agenda Foundation via telephone. Explore the Special Education in Public Schools survey results.