Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Educational Administration and Supervision

First Advisor

Dr. Lisa Kelly-Vance


Accommodations utilized by SAT teams have been explored in order to determine the success of the problem-solving, pre-referral intervention process as an alternative to special education referrals and placement. The results of the current study reflect insignificant results in the decline of special education referrals. In addition, chi square results looking at the use of specific accommodations as well as interventions that match the reason for referral was not significant. A decline in behavior referrals, slightly lower or consistent academic referrals, and consistent combination academic/behavior referrals was also not supported. Pre-referral intervention teams did not produce well-designed interventions. Previous research, in addition to the current study, support the need for ongoing education in providing teams with assistance in utilizing the problem-solving process in order for success in remediating student academic and behavior problems.


An EdS Field Project Presented to the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Education Specialist. Copyright 1998 Carla J. Schaefer