Disproportionate Representation in Special Education
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     Equity Conference SPI 2017
    Addressing Disproportionate Representation through Research Based Approaches

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, Part B, requires states and local education agencies to take steps to address the disproportionate representation in special education. Federal Regulations provide for the collection and examination of data to determine if disproportionality based on race and ethnicity is occurring with respect to:

    • the identification of children as children with disabilities including children with disabilities with particular impairments,
    • the placement in particular settings, and
    • the incidence, duration, and type of disciplinary actions, including suspensions and expulsions
    "Disproportionate Representation exists when student representation in special education programs or specific special education categories exceeds their proportional enrollment in a schools general population".
                                                      Dr. Wanda J. Blanchett, 2006

     Disproportionality Initiative

    What is Disproportionality?

      Click here to access the OSEP Equity in IDEA Essential Questions and Answers and a Model Timeline


    Contained within the web site:

    • Purpose of program
    • Self assessment tools for systemic analysis
    • Elements for systemic change in disproportionate representation including vital links and resources
    • Applying research based approaches (In Development)
    • Links to on-line Resources including National and State organizations
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