In special education, disproportionality generally occurs in two primary areas. One, the over- or under-representation of children with disabilities in specific disability categories is of particular concern.  Two, the over-representation of students with disabilities in the discipline process is of considerable concern.  With regard to tracking disproportionality, school districts are most often tasked with the over-representation of students in these areas.

Disproportionality may be caused by:

  • Failure to recognize and accommodate cultural differences among minority groups;
  • Use of inappropriate assessment strategies for English Language Learners and racial and ethnic minorities;
  • Failure to accommodate parents of ELL students or language minorities; and
  • Lack of responsiveness to cultural and socioeconomic differences among children and their families.

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