Impact of Individual Education Programs on Education Outcomes of Incarcerated Youth with Disabilities

With research showing a high-quality education as an essential component in ensuring positive outcomes for incarcerated youth, it is imperative that juvenile correctional facilities provide education services mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities with Education Act of 2004. To that end, the purpose of this study is to describe the extent to which Individual Education Programs (IEP) are implemented in juvenile correctional facilities and improve education outcomes of incarcerated youth. A qualitative method of inquiry will be employed to conduct interviews of educators and administrators from long-term care juvenile correctional facilities. Findings of the study should reveal a correlation between implementation of Individual Education Programs and positive educational outcomes, such as earning of credits and high school graduation. Such a finding would lead to recommendations for policymakers to mandate IEPs as an evidence-based educational strategy in juvenile correctional facilities.