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Document Number: 3210

Minority Students in Special and Gifted Education--Summary - Educators should provide minority students who are poorly prepared for school with high-quality instruction and social support in a general classroom before making a determination that special education is needed, according to this new report. Since 1975, when Congress passed the "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" requiring schools to serve disabled students, children in some racial and ethnic groups have been placed in special education programs in disproportionately large numbers. The report examines the data on early childhood experience, on differences in educational opportunity, and on referral and placement, and also considers whether disproportionate representation should be considered a problem. (Committee on Minority Representation in Special Education, M. Suzanne Donovan and Christoper T. Cross, Editors, National Research Council, 2002)...

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