California Department of Education’s Guidance on Disproportionality


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Annotated Checklist for Addressing Racial Disproportionality by Dan Losen

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Preventing DISPROPORTIONALITY by Strengthening District Policies and Procedures — An Assessment and Strategic Planning Process by Elizabeth B. Kozleski and Shelley Zion <

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Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education/Data Analysis Workbook by Dr. Edward Fergus and Roey Ahram

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Websites

DataQuest (Revised 23-March-2010)
Makes available California district-level annual performance report measures for special education. Contains data collected from each indicator and performance measures but not the local compliance determination. Any inquires from the general public regarding local district determinations should be directed to the local school district.

Local Education Agency Reports (Reviewed 1-June-2010)
Short summaries of outcome data for special education programs and students in California school districts.

National Implementation Research Network (Outside Source)
Describes methods to ensure the use of evidence-based programs and other innovations with fidelity and benefit to consumers.

Quality Assurance Process (Reviewed 17-Dec-2010)
Describes the monitoring process to ensure that students with disabilities receive the programs and services they need, positive results are achieved, and procedural safeguards are provided.

State Performance Plan Synopsis (SPP) – June 2011 (DOC; Outside Source)
Provides a brief synopsis of the 20 SPP indicators. California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (2011) California Department of Education.

The IRIS Center for Training Enhancements (Outside Source)
A national, federally funded center that provides high-quality resources for college and university faculty and professional development providers about students with disabilities; also provides free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice, including training modules, briefs, and materials on diversity, differentiated instruction, progress monitoring, collaboration, behavior, RtI and more.

Training Materials, Manuals, Checklists, and Forms

CDE-Recommended Self-Assessment Options and Informational Webinars

 

Option One: The Tool

Annotated Checklist for Addressing Racial Disproportionality in Special Education (Outside Source)
Provides three checklists that address 1) district and school resource issues; 2) system policy, procedure, and practice issues at district, school, and classroom levels; and 3) environmental factors, all designed to aid in efforts to identify possible root causes of disproportionality and to help districts develop hypotheses and action plans for more detailed explorations of racial disproportionality. Daniel J. Losen (2008) Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Option One: The Webinar

Using the “Checklist” to Respond to Racial Disproportionality in Special EducationProvides an overview of the self-assessment tool developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Daniel Losen, presenter (2011) State Performance Plan Technical Assistance Project, California Department of Education.

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Option One: Training Module

Training Module 1:  Using the Annotated Checklist for Addressing Racial Disproportionality in Special Education

Option Two: The Tool

Equity in Special Education Placement: A School Self-Assessment Guide for Culturally Responsive Practice (PDF; Outside Source)
Form A: Administrators; Form B: Assessment Only. A self-study tool that assists district teams in examining policies, procedures, and practices in general and special education to prevent disproportionality. It is ideal for school-level self-assessments and well suited for small districts. Heraldo Richards, Alfredo Artiles, Janette Klingner, and Ayanna Brown (2005) National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems.

Preventing Disproportionality by Strengthening District Policies and Procedures—An Assessment and Strategic Planning Process (Outside Source)
Guides the examination of LEA practices once data suggest that serious and inappropriate disproportionate referral, identification, and placement of students who are culturally and linguistically diverse may be occurring. This rubric is ideal for mid to large size districts and supports their completion of a district-wide self-assessment and strategic planning process. Elizabeth Kozleski and Shelley Zion (2006) National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems.

Option Two: The Webinar

Preventing DISPROPORTIONALITY by Strengthening District Policies and ProceduresProvides an overview of the self-assessment tool developed by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems. Shelley Zion, presenter (2011) State Performance Plan Technical Assistance Project, California Department of Education.

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Option Two: Training Modules

Training Module 1:  Overview of NCCRESt Rubric
Training Module 2:  Standard 1:  Core Functions
Training Module 3:  Standard 2:  Instructional Services
Training Module 4:  Standard 3:  Individualized Education
Training Module 5:  Standard 4:  Accountability
Training Module 6:  Action Planning

Option Three: The Tool

Equity in Education—Addressing Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education, Volume 1 (Outside Source)
Technical assistance manual for identifying root causes containing training modules for educators seeking to understand disproportionality as an outcome of policies, practices, and beliefs. Metropolitan Center for Urban Education (2009) NYU Steinhardt.

Option Three: The Webinar

Getting to the Root Causes of Disproportionate Representation in Special Education Using Root Cause Tools
Provides an overview of this New York University self-assessment tool. Edward Fergus, presenter (2010) State Performance Plan Technical Assistance Project, California Department of Education.

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Option Three: Training Modules

Training Module 1:  Overview of Metropolitan Center for Urban Education’s Disproportionality Workbooks
Training Module 2: Using the Data Analysis Workbook
Training Module 3: Knowing A Disproportionality Problem Based On Numbers
Training Module 4:  Using the Equity in Education Workbook
Training Module 5:  Discussing Culturally Responsive Education Beliefs
Training Module 6:  Common Causes of Disproportionality in Special Education and Suspension

Practice Briefs and Articles

Addressing the Disproportionate Representation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Special Education Through Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (Outside Source; PDF)
Addresses the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education and outlines the theoretical assumptions and principles that should guide efforts to reduce the disproportionate representation of these students in special education. Janette K. Klingner et al. (2005) Education Policy Analysis Archives.

Consolidated California State Performance Plan (SPP) (Updated 01-Jun-2010; DOC; 2MB; 157pp.)
Describes the six-year plan for special education in California required by IDEA.

Critical Values and Beliefs Related to Disproportionality in California Public Schools (28-Oct-2009; DOC; 32KB; 1p.)
Lists the values and beliefs used to support districts and select resources related to disproportionality.

Distinguishing Difference from Disability: The Common Causes of Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education (Outside Source)
Highlights some of the common policies, practices, and beliefs that place racial/ethnic minorities and low-income students at risk. Edward Fergus (2010) The Equity Alliance at Arizona State University.

Equity in Special Education Placement: A School Self-Assessment Guide for Culturally Responsive Practice (PDF; Outside Source)
Form A: Administrators; Form B: Assessment Only. A self-study tool that assists district teams in examining policies, procedures, and practices in general and special education to prevent disproportionality. It is ideal for school-level self-assessments and well suited for small districts. Heraldo Richards, Alfredo Artiles, Janette Klingner, and Ayanna Brown (2005) National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems.

Implementation: The Missing Link Between Research and Practice (PDF; Outside Source)
Explores the challenges and strategies related to implementing evidence-based treatment interventions and translating research into direct practice.
 Dean Fixsen (2007) Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Topic Brief and Links to Discussion Guides, Disproportionality and Overidentification (Outside Source)
Click on each of the regulation titles to find questions for leading dialogue.

Preventing Disproportionality by Strengthening District Policies and Procedures—An Assessment and Strategic Planning Process (Outside Source)
Guides the examination of LEA practices once data suggest that serious and inappropriate disproportionate referral, identification, and placement of students who are culturally and linguistically diverse may be occurring. This rubric is idea for mid to large size districts and supports their completion of a district-wide self-assessment and strategic planning process. Elizabeth Kozleski and Shelley Zion (2006) National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems.

The Special EDge (Outside Source)
Newsletter addressing legal, policy, and human aspects of disproportionate representation. California Department of Education (2010).

Webinar
 and PowerPoint Presentations

Significant Disproportionality, July 10, 2012
Presented by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Right+Click to save/download the file (.mp4) to your computer. This video can be viewed with QuickTime (FREE) or VLC (FREE).

Significant Disproportionality, September 12, 2012
Presented by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Right+Click to save/download the file (.mp4) to your computer. This video can be viewed with QuickTime (FREE) or VLC (FREE).

Addressing Disproportionality: From Planning to Action (PPT; Outside Source)
Defines disproportionality and considers how it is measured, why it is important, and what is being done and can be done about it. The National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (2004).

Webinar on Disproportionality (Outside Source)
Provides an overview of disproportionality (definitions, regulations, and root causes), a summary of California’s focus on disproportionality, and examples of approaches and strategies for addressing disproportionality. Stephanie Wood Garnett, facilitator (2010).

 

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