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, and 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 that were asked for the flexible parameters within the methodology.

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?

To find out more about significant disproportionality view this video:

Download a PDF version of the webinar below.

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