ERIC Number: ED330387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Comments on the California Community Colleges' 1989 Study of Students with Learning Disabilities.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Under legislative mandate, the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges (CCC) was directed to report to the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) on the number, ethnicity, gender, disability, and age of individuals receiving services as learning disabled (LD) students during each academic year from 1987-88 through 1990-91. CPEC, in turn, was directed to review and comment on these data, and make appropriate recommendations to the state legislature. The purpose of this legislative mandate is to assure that bias does not exist in the referral, assessment, and delivery of LD services. This report provides CPEC's comments and recommendations to the legislature concerning the second annual report from the Chancellor's Office entitled, "Learning Disabilities Eligibility Outcomes: 1988-89," which appears in its entirety as an appendix. Findings include the following: (1) students from all age groups were referred for LD assessment at rates proportional to their numbers in the total student body, except for students over 50, who were referred at a rate of less than one-third their total numbers; (2) while comprising 9.1% of the total student body, Asian/Pacific Islander students constituted only 2.1% of the students referred for LD services; (3) in demographic comparisons of community college LD students with LD clients in public schools and the State Department of Rehabilitation, similar underrepresentation of Asian/Pacific Islander groups was found; and (4) the CCC eligibility model shows no evidence of ethnic, gender, or age-related bias in its design or operation. Data tables, and copies of the relevant legislative passages are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Age, Ancillary School Services, Bias, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Delivery Systems, Educational Legislation, Eligibility, Ethnic Bias, Ethnic Groups, Evaluation, Learning Disabilities, Models, Referral, Self Evaluation (Groups), Sex Bias, State Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Development, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.