School administrators, educators have new resource to help identify, reduce significant disproportionality in special education

By: | July 26, 2021

LRP Media Group, a recognized leader in the special education publishing industry, has released Disproportionality in Special Education: Where, Why and How It Occurs — Second Edition. The 2021 edition of this resource explains the 2016 Equity in IDEA regulations, provides up-to-date statistics and data on racial and ethnic disproportionality across the country, and offers best practices districts can use to identify and eliminate disproportionality in their special education programs.

“Since the inception of our nation’s first special education law, concerns about racial and ethnic disproportionality and statutory requirements addressing the issue have continually evolved,” said author Sue Gamm, Esq. “The latest edition of this book will ensure school districts are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to address disproportionality now that the 2016 Equity in IDEA rule has changed the landscape once again.”

This new edition also provides sample tools and templates and in-depth guidance to:

  • Calculate significant disproportionality using risk ration thresholds and other methods.
  • Conduct a root cause analysis to identify and address factors contributing to disproportionality.
  • Use a multitier system of supports to reduce disproportionality in the identification of students with disabilities.
  • Implement self-monitoring framework to prevent potential issues leading to disproportionality.

Disproportionality in Special Education: Where, Why and How It Occurs — Second Edition is available for purchase from LRP Publications’ online store.


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