Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Special Education

First Advisor

Dr. Jo Ann Mitchell Burns

Second Advisor

Dr. Marie Simonsson

Third Advisor

Dr. Liang Zeng


This study looked at the factors that are involved in determining the placement decision of a child with a learning disability. Reading level, previous placement, initial placement, intelligence quotient, English proficiency and behavior were the factors examined in the study. Data was collected by examining the school files of children labeled as learning disabled in two school districts in south Texas. The different placement factors were studied to see which ones were most predictive of the number of hours a week that a student spent in a special education classroom. The research design utilized was a descriptive analysis, a correlation analysis and an all-possible subsets regression analysis. Research indicated that reading level, previous placement, initial placement, and intelligence quotient (I.Q.) and English were significantly correlated with time in special education. Previous placement and reading level accounted for 31% of the variance in placements.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American