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Document Number: 4229

Biennial Performance Reports: Disproportionality - The 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) require states to collect and examine data on disproportionality, the over- or under-representation of students from particular racial/ethnic groups receiving special education services in relation to the representation of that group in the total student population. This report, from Project Forum of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc. (NASDSE), is a brief analysis of the types of information about disproportionality that states submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in May 2002. According to this report, more than three quarters of states reported one or more areas or types of disproportionality. (Eve Müller and Joy Markowitz, Quick Turn Around, NASDSE, January 2003)...

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