Welcome to SEELS' Home on the Web!
This Study Has Been Completed!
Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study (SEELS) was a study of school-age students
funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of
Education and was part of the national assessment of the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA 97). From 2000 to 2006, SEELS documented the school experiences of a
national sample of students as they moved from elementary to middle school and from
middle to high school. One important feature of SEELS was that it did not look at
students' educational, social, vocational, and personal development at a single point in
time. Rather, it was designed to assess change in these areas over time.
From 2000 to 2006, SEELS collected data at three points in time through school staff, direct
assessments, and parent interviews to provide information about the experience of
students with disabilities. We would like to thank parents, teachers, and students for
all their help, support, and participation in this important study.
While the study has been completed, this website will continue to be updated. Data
tables, which include parent interviews, direct assessments, school background, teacher
surveys and school program surveys, will continue to be available for use. SEELS data
covers a wide range of topics, including student and household characteristics, students'
functional skills, parental involvement/expectations, school experiences, academic
achievement, classroom instruction, social skills, self concept, assessment, accommodations
and much more.
New reports will be added as they are completed.