Special Education Services
Workshops on Disproportionate Identification of African Americans
Module 1-Disproportionate Identification of African American in Special Education Programs-3 hoursThe problem of the disproportionate identification of minorities in has been around for more than fifty years. In 1997 the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) required all states collect and analyze the data on disproportionality. Minority students, specifically African Americans, Latino, and Native Americans tended to be overidentified for students eligible for programs for the cognitively impaired. Several factors began to surface as causes, including poverty, unequal educational opportunities and flawed special education referral placement processes.
This professional development opportunity should include the following:
- 1.) school leaders,
- 2.) both special education and general education teachers,
- 3.)school psychologists, parents and
- 4.) those responsible for the placement of eligible students.
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