Document Type



Ed.S. (Educational Specialist)


Education Administration

Date of Defense


Graduate Advisor

James Shuls


James Shuls

Vanessa Garry

Thomas Hoerr


Since the inception of Public Law 94-142, which we now know today as the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), in 1975, the question of how and where to educate students with disabilities has been constantly examined and re-examined. Students with disabilities have gone from being placed in an isolated area of the school (out of sight, out of mind) to being included in regular education classrooms and being expected to perform at the same level as students without disabilities. This has caused educators and researchers to wonder what is the best educational setting for students with disabilities to be educated, in order for them to be academically successful. Many studies have been undertaken in order to determine the best setting to educate students with learning disabilities. This paper analyzes the results of seven of those studies to determine the impact that the educational setting has on the academic achievement of students with learning disabilities.