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October 19th, 2020

Significant Disproportionality In Special Education

Years of research point to inequities in education for students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and students with disabilities. These inequities are particularly apparent when it comes to rates of discipline and special education enrollment.

Significant Disproportionality:

Students of certain racial and ethnic groups being identified for special education at higher rates.
Disciplined at markedly higher rates than their peers. 
Placed in more restrictive educational settings.

It is imperative that education professionals and policymakers understand the magnitude of significant disproportionality for students of different races and ethnicities and take actions to correct it and prevent it from happening.

NCLD created a comprehensive white paper and six accompanying briefs to share data showing how students from specific communities are impacted.


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