Data Report Available for K-6 Schools Component of NOMS Does your caseload size affect the way you deliver services or the outcomes your students achieve? Recent findings suggest that it does. In July, ASHA’s National Center for Treatment Effectiveness in Communication Disorders released the first national data report from the K-6 Schools component of the National Outcomes Measurement System ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2000
Data Report Available for K-6 Schools Component of NOMS
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  • Rob Mullen
    National Center for Treatment Effectiveness in Communication Disorders, ASHA, Rockville, MD
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Article   |   October 01, 2000
Data Report Available for K-6 Schools Component of NOMS
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2000, Vol. 1, 18. doi:10.1044/sbi1.1.18
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2000, Vol. 1, 18. doi:10.1044/sbi1.1.18
Does your caseload size affect the way you deliver services or the outcomes your students achieve? Recent findings suggest that it does. In July, ASHA’s National Center for Treatment Effectiveness in Communication Disorders released the first national data report from the K-6 Schools component of the National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS). This report summarized the findings from the first year of data collection and analyzed how various factors, including a speech-language pathologist’s caseload size, influenced and shaped student outcomes.
NOMS data reveal that caseload size appears to play a significant role in the way services are delivered. For speech-language pathologists with caseloads greater than 60 students, treatment groups of 5 or more were much more commonly used and individual treatment was essentially nonexistent. Additionally, speech-language pathologists with caseloads less than 40 were more likely to use other service delivery models (classroom-based, collaborative consultation, etc.) to treat their students. These data seem to indicate that a wider range of service delivery options was available to a student if their clinician had a caseload of fewer than 40 students.
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