Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Kathleen Marshall


School administrators play a critical role in special education and it is essentially their responsibility to ensure policies, procedures, and practices are carried out in accordance with the law. This requires that school administrators know the requirements of the law and research-based practices in special education. Researchers have shown that school administrators perceive themselves as having adequate knowledge and understanding of special education law; however, there is a lack of research on the practical knowledge of school administrators in special education. This study, using hypothetical scenarios, examined whether school administrators were able to determine if a decision or action made by the district/school was legally correct and if school administrators were then able to explain why actions/decisions were or were not a violation by identifying the correct IDEA component addressed in the scenario.


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