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ERIC Number: ED508412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Disproportionality: A Look at Special Education and Race in the Commonwealth. Education Research Brief
Deninger, Matthew
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
African Americans account for approximately 12.4 percent of the United States population. They also account for approximately 79 percent of the players in the National Basketball Association. On average, African American and Hispanic students are found eligible for special education services at higher rates than their populations would suggest, while white and Asian students are less likely to be found eligible for special education relative to the size of their respective populations. This national trend, known simply as "disproportionality," has recently become the subject of greater scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). Federal legislation has states more engaged than ever in researching, identifying, and modifying special education policies or procedures that result in disproportionality. The purpose of this paper is to present the most recent data concerning disproportionality in the Commonwealth and to promote a more complete understanding of its complexities. (Contains 5 figures and 13 footnotes.)
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023. Tel: 800-439-2370; Tel: 781-338-3000; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Department of Education, Office of Strategic Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Identifiers - Location: United States