ERIC Number: ED361983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Disproportionate Participation of Students from Ethnic and Cultural Minorities in Special Education Classes and Programs: Forum To Examine Current Policy. Project FORUM. Report of a Policy Forum (Alexandria, Virginia, June 3-4, 1993).
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
A policy forum was convened on the disproportionate participation of students from ethnic and cultural minorities in special education classes and programs, to promote a constructive national dialogue. The charge to participants was to identify the issues underlying the problem of disproportionate participation of minorities and to identify strategies for promoting systemic state and federal policy alternatives and ensure equitable referral, assessment, and eligibility determination for all students. The policy forum resulted in identification of 76 issues which were arranged within eight clusters, including: cultural sensitivity and family participation; referral, assessment, and identification; preservice and inservice training; policy, regulation, and funding; diversity in schools and communities; social and community issues; marketing and public relations; and outcomes, effectiveness, and data. Twenty-five strategies were recommended, with the following themes: teacher and professional support for meeting the needs of minority students; more input from and influence of minority parents and professionals; procedures that encourage integration; elimination of arbitrary and stigmatizing labels; monitoring of state and local practices by federal government; and research needs. Appendixes contain a participants list, communications with participants, an agenda, output from the policy forum, the issues identified by participants, and the recommendations for action. (JDD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Cultural Differences, Educational Policy, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Ethnic Groups, Government Role, Incidence, Minority Groups, Referral, Secondary School Students, Special Education, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.