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ERIC Number: EJ1176520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr-9
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1068-2341
Enrollment of Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools: Contemporary National and State Level Findings
Barnard-Brak, Lucy; Schmidt, Marcelo; Almekdash, M. Hasan
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v26 n43 Apr 2018
There is no national study examining the rate of enrollment of students with disabilities in charter schools. We examined whether students with disabilities were significantly less likely to enroll in charter schools as compared to non-charter public schools accounting for state level variation using data for the entire national population. We utilized data from the Civil Rights Data Collection under the U.S. Department of Education for the 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 academic years. These nationwide and contemporary data provided school-level numbers of students with disabilities receiving special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and charter school status. We performed hierarchical linear modeling to examine for differences in the percentages of students with disabilities under IDEA between charter and non-charter schools, which revealed significantly less students with disabilities enrolled in charter schools at the national and state level. Additionally, we identified and ranked states according to the degree of discrepancy in the percentages of students with disabilities under IDEA between charter and non-charter schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
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