Accessibility of Tier 3 Interventions for High Risk Behavior Students in Los Angeles

Purpose: The purpose of the study is to examine the accessibility of special education services to students previously enrolled in LAUSD High schools. Methods: Researchers created a 23-item tool to measure previous LAUSD student's accessibility to special education services and environmental factors that may have impacted students' academic performance. Results: The study consisted of 36 participants (34 Hispanic/Latino and 2 White) who identified both academic and environmental factors that impacted their overall academic success, however, did not receive special education services. Discussion and Implications: The accessibility to Tier 3 interventions for students with emotional disturbance or behavior disorders were feasible because of the lack of knowledge regarding services and the referral process to receive services. These results can be used to improve accessibility and social workers contribution to services that will meet students' needs.