School Psychology Review

Extended School Year Services: From Litigation to Assessment and Evaluation

Diane M. Browder, Francis E. Lentz

pp. 188-195

Mini-Series on Developmental Disabilities

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ABSTRACT: Right to education class action suits have established a precedent for providing extended school year services for severely handicapped students who demonstrate severe skill regression during school breaks and inordinate time to recoup these skills. These decisions have been predicated on the assumption that limiting these students’ education to 180 days conflicts with their right to an appropriate education. Not surprisingly, in an era of fiscal restraint, these extended school year services for severely handicapped students have been controversial. Unfortunately, there has been an absence of research to identify objective and efficient methods to determine eligibility and to evaluate service effectiveness. This article provides a rationale and framework for the development of research to provide guidance for extended services.