Significant Disproportionality

Significant Disproportionality Stakeholder Feedback

  • September 20th, 2017
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The December 2016 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) require each state to develop a standard methodology to identify local education agencies (LEAs) with significant disproportionality and ensure that children with disabilities are properly identified for services, receive necessary services in the least restrictive environment, and are not disproportionately removed from their educational placements by disciplinary removals.

To facilitate the regulatory process, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) conducted three stakeholder forums to obtain public comment on the required significant disproportionality standard methodology. In addition to these forums, the Bureau of Special Education is seeking written input.

The brief webinar located on this page provides information regarding the terminology for significant disproportionality, an overview for the required methodology, and the input questions for the flexible parameters within the methodology. After viewing the webinar, click on the email link and please provide the input on any or all of the five questions.
Email answers to the questions and input to: ra-edsd@pa.gov
Download a PDF version of the webinar below.

1. What threshold should PA use for determining significant disproportionality? 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, or some other number?
2. Should PA use the same threshold for all 14 categories for analysis?
3. Should PA use the cell size of 10, as recommended in the regulations?
4. Should PA use the N Size of 30, as recommended in the regulations?
5. What constitutes ‘reasonable’ progress? Is any progress acceptable or should it be a statistical decrease, such as .10, .25, .50?
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