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State Data Collection and Monitoring Procedures Regarding Overrepresentation of Minority Students in Special Education. Project FORUM [microform] / Julia Lara
Bib ID 5569454
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Lara, Julia
Online Versions
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1994 
20 p. 

This report presents results of a study describing current state policies and practices to minimize or reduce inappropriate placements of minority students in special education. States were surveyed to obtain information about changes in their procedures for collecting data by race/ethnicity and their procedures to monitor local districts where overrepresentation is identified. The analysis built on a 1991 study by the staff of the Arkansas Department of Education. Findings are discussed and illustrated in tabular form. Administrative practices are described for six states that have developed formal follow-up procedures subsequent to a finding of overrepresentation in a local district. These states are Arkansas, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. The analysis concludes that, although there has been an increase in the number of states that collect child count data by race/ethnicity, few states have mechanisms for addressing the overrepresentation issue once a district is suspected of having some disproportionality. Three recommendations are offered to address this issue: (1) data should be collected by all states by gender, race, and ethnicity; (2) further analysis of state enrollment data is needed to get a more accurate picture of the state dimensions of this problem; and (3) collaboration should continue among government, experts, and stakeholders to support the development of solutions to this problem. (Includes 14 references.) (DB)


Sponsoring Agency: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: HS92015001.




May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Compliance (Legal)  |  Data Collection.  |  Decision Making.  |  Disabilities.  |  Educational Policy.  |  Educational Practices.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Ethnic Groups.  |  Minority Groups.  |  Needs Assessment.  |  School Demography.  |  School Districts.  |  Special Education.  |  State Standards.  |  Student Placement.
Form/genre Reports, Descriptive.
Other authors/contributors National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA
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