DISPROPORTIONALITY AND OVERIDENTIFICATION - Regulations

5. Require States to monitor their LEA's to examine disproportionality.

The State must monitor the LEA's located in the State, using quantifiable indicators in each of the following priority areas, and using such qualitative indicators as are needed to adequately measure performance in those areas, [including] disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in special education and related services, to the extent the representation is the result of inappropriate identification.
[34 CFR 300.600(d)(3)] [20 U.S.C. 1416(a)(3)(C)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. Why might it be important for the state to monitor districts as it relates to disproportionality?


  2. Does your state have established indicators? How might these indicators impact local policy and procedures?


  3. In your opinion, are there other quantifiable measures to monitor other than the scores on statewide assessment? What are they?


  4. How will state monitoring of data benefit all students in the district?


Application Questions

  1. What system does your state have in place for district monitoring of disproportionality? What feedback would you give your state on the effectiveness of this system?


  2. Who in your school/district should be involved in the collection of the data that is forwarded to the state for this monitoring process?


  3. How might families of the identified groups become more involved in the monitoring process?


  4. Where and how do you find the criteria for the indicators used? How can you effectively and efficiently document the data for the indicators set by the state?


  5. How might issues of disproportionality be addressed through the school improvement planning process?


    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Teacher
    Location: California

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    Location: Florida

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    Location: Arizona

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Indiana

    Role: Family
    Location: West Virginia

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Georgia

    Role: TA Provider
    Location: Colorado

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Virginia

    Role: Service Provider
    Location: Kentucky

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Florida

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    Location: Illinois

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    Location: South Carolina

    Role: Higher Ed
    Location: New York