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DISPROPORTIONALITY AND OVERIDENTIFICATION - Statute

1. Requires policies and procedures.
The state has in effect, consistent with the purposes of IDEA and with Section 618(d), policies and procedures designed to prevent the inappropriate overidentification or disproportionate representation by race and ethnicity of children as children with disabilities, including children with disabilities with a particular impairment described in Section 602(3). [612(a)(24)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. Why is it necessary for the state to address policies and procedures around disproportionality?


  2. In terms of academic opportunities, how does overidentification or disproportionality affect students?


  3. In terms of peer relations, how does overidentification or disproportionality affect students?


  4. How would knowledge of these policies and procedures assist parents to advocate for their children?


Application Questions

  1. How are policies and procedures relevant to guiding the referral process for special education?


  2. How can teachers use policy and procedures to identify ineffective practices that lead to overidentification?


  3. How might policies and procedures designed to prevent overidentification be targeted at the different grade levels?


  4. How do the policies and procedures translate into implementation of services to children?


    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:


    Role: Policymaker
    Location: Washington, D.C.

    Role: Social Worker
    Location: Wisconsin

    Role: Family Advocate
    Location: Virginia

    Role: Technical Assistance Provider
    Location: Colorado

    Role: Family
    Location: New Mexico

    Role: Policymaker
    Location: Virginia