Volume 29, Issue 4 (2000)
Commentary: Progress Monitoring and Trend Analysis: Reactions to Reschly's Synthesis
Stephen N. Elliott
wisdom as a school psychologist once again was demonstrated in his article, “The present and future status of school psychology in the United States.” The objective data he presented about the field are consistent with other reputable sources and my experience as an active professional in school psychology since the late 1970s.In other words, Reschly has the facts and figures right. In addition, his conjectures about the future seem reasonable and also are quite consistent,although perhaps more optimistic than my own predictions. I agree that the demand for skillful,intervention-oriented school psychologists will continue to grow but I am not sure that “there is every reason to believe that the best is yet to be for school psychologists and the constituencies they serve” (Reschly, 2000, p. 520). My less optimistic view of the future of school psychology revolves around the issues of ratios, time, and money. Before I say more about these issues,allow me to react to some of the real progress that the profession has made as noted by Reschly.
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