Significant Disproportionality: Special Opportunity


CASE needs your input!  This is your opportunity to get involved and be heard! The CASE Executive Committee and the Policy and Legislative Committee continue to study the complex issue of disproportionality.  Please take this opportunity to review the work that has been done to date and provide input.  CASE needs your voice and expertise.

CASE has been hard at work on behalf of its members on the issue of disproportionality.  After gathering feedback at the Board of Directors meeting in November, CASE submitted comments regarding the issue to Johnny Collett, the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).  As we move into the next phase, we are asking for additional feedback to ensure we are on the right track with our work.

A brief summary of the Letter to Johnny Collett:
The letter laid out a new path for the federal government to take with regard to disproportionality.  Specifically:

  • Work with the IDEA Data Technical Assistance Center to identify three standard risk ratios that could be used across the country (rather than one) and require every school district to examine their practices around disproportionality once every four years using these risk ratios.
  • Providing specific staff within OSEP to support technical assistance for states and local education agencies identifying issues with disproportionality.
  • Reviewing the use of the 15% set aside required when a district is identified as having disproportionality.

The results of this survey will be used to tailor our message with the Department of Education and to provide additional feedback to key officials as this issue moves forward.

Please read the letter prior to taking this survey

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