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Buzz from the Hub, February 2017, No. 1 Theme: Significant Disproportionality This issue of the Buzz from the Hub connects you with new resources on significant disproportionality, an ongoing concern in schools districts, especially in special education classification. Your state is now making important decisions about how it will identify and reduce significant disproportionality under IDEA. We […]

(2016, December 12) | Useful to Parent Centers in learning more about and working with others to prevent racial discrimination in schools. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education issued a 25-page Dear Colleague Letter on Preventing Racial Discrimination in Special Education on December 12, 2016, to help ensure that all students, regardless […]

(2016) | Useful to Parent Centers and all education stakeholders engaged in trying to create positive school climates and reduce disproportionality. This page of resources at the U.S. Department of Education is really a suite of resources that connects you with the latest data and thinking on suspension and expulsion of students from school. The […]

(2016, December) | Useful to Parent Centers, stakeholders, and advocates concerned with addressing the significant disproportionality with which students from specific ethnic or racial groups are placed in special education. On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released final regulations under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), aimed at promoting […]

This May, 2014 TA guide describes the more common methods for calculating racial/ethnic disproportionality in special education. IDC revised the guide, originally published by the Data Accountability Center (DAC) in October 2011, because of a change in SPP/APR indicators B9 and B10 to remove underrepresentation from the measure. http://ideadata-admin.s3.amazonaws.com/docs/IDC_TA_Guide_508-Compliant-052814.pdf

This Equity In Action is intended to provide educators and researchers with comprehensive information on identifying and reducing disproportionality in schools. The brief describes a data-driven process for identifying root causes as well as the driving forces (internal and external to district) of those root causes. Read the report at: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/scmsAdmin/media/users/ll81/Common_Causes_Brief_TAC-D.pdf

(2006) | Do bias or inappropriate practice play a role in the placement of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education? Is the representation of low-income students in special education programs larger than their representation in the school population at your child’s school? This brief will review the problem “overrepresentation” in special education programs, the […]

by Perry Williams Office of Special Education Programs U.S. Department of Education January 2007 English only slideshow Handouts for Participants in both English and Spanish IDEA 2004 takes a stand against significant disproportionality of students in particular racial or ethnic groups in special education. Module 5 explains what states, districts, and schools must now do […]