Disproportion Georgia

The Georgia Department of Education presents an overview of the topic of disproportional special education placements, i.e. the misidentification problem. The percentage of students with specific ethnic or racial backgrounds is higher in special education than in the general school population. States determine disproportionality for every district, based on collected data and not on school policies. Compliance with IDEA guidelines must be achieved.

Suggested are hypotheses about causes of disproportionality:

1. “Failure of general education to educate children from diverse backgrounds

2. Misidentification, misuse of tests

3. Lack of access to effective instruction

4. Insufficient resources 

5. Teachers who are less well prepared 

6. Poverty”

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