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ERIC Number: EJ852659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Culturally Responsive Practices in Schools: A Checklist to Address Disproportionality in Special Education
Fiedler, Craig R.; Chiang, Bert; Van Haren, Barbara; Jorgensen, Jack; Halberg, Sara; Boreson, Lynn
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v40 n5 p52-59 May-Jun 2008
The overrepresentation of students with racial, cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity (RCELD) in special education has been well documented for over 30 years. This phenomenon is known as "disproportionality." In an effort to address the disproportionate issue, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction funded a collaborative 2-year project to develop the Checklist to Address Disproportionality in Special Education (CADSE). The goal of the CADSE is to serve as a catalyst for school improvement efforts to ensure that the limited resources of special education are reserved for students with RCELD who are truly disabled. The authors fully expect the CADSE will go through additional evolutionary changes as educators gain more experience and insight in using this instrument to address the complex issue of disproportionality. For future use of the CADSE, the authors offer insights/findings and recommendations based on the initial year of using all three sections of the instrument. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act