The Task Force would like to thank a number of individuals who generously provided assistance at various stages during the development of this project. Their knowledge and expertise contributed to the projectís success.
The Task Force received consistent support from the U.S. Department of Education. David Berthiaume of the Departmentís Office of General Counsel provided assistance during the research phase, reviewed the document, and offered valuable suggestions. Ellen Campbell of the Family Policy Compliance Office painstakingly reviewed the document before its publication and provided many good suggestions. Wendy Tada of the Office of Special Education Programs and Ed Trepacz, Office of General Counsel, gave final reviews that helped to ensure the accuracy of the information.
Melinda Fowler of the Texas Education Agency and Mary Ann Merano of the Illinois State Board of Education reviewed the draft manuscript from the perspective of its potential audiences.
Andy Rogers of the Education Statistics Services Institute (ESSI) coordinated the technical support for the initial phase of this project. Molly Soule, formerly with ESSI, conducted background research for the Task Force when it was first established. Oona Cheung was the principal writer. Under sub-contract with Westat, Inc., she coordinated and followed through with the writing, review, and publication process of the document. Robin Gurley of ESSI provided editing services. Sanjay Seth of ESSI coordinated the design and typesetting tasks, making the document ready for printing.
The support of the National Center for Education Statistics was crucial to the success of the project. This publication would not have been possible without the leadership of Ghedam Bairu and Lee Hoffman, who are with the Division of Elementary/Secondary Cooperative Systems and Institutional Studies.
Finally, the Task Force wishes to thank the Policy, Programs and Implementation Committee of the National Forum on Education Statistics for its continuing support and guidance throughout the development of this report.