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Report: Using data to address equity issues in special education

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EQUITY, disproportionality, RESEARCH

Areas

SCHOOL:culture of change and improvement, DISTRICT:culture of renewal and improvement, STATE:culture of renewal and improvement

Authors

Ashley C. Gibb, Russell Skiba

Published

2008, 8/5/2009

Publisher

Center for Evaluation & Education Policy, Indiana University

Abstract

The increased use of data, from collection, to organization, to analysis, can seem daunting. Yet this does not have to be the case. Conventions for approaching disproportionality data have been established making the analysis and interpretation of disproportionality data more straightforward. This brief will outline those conventions and provide some tools to determine the most effective ways of collecting, organizing, and presenting disproportionality data. These tools, and the experience of Indiana school corporations which have used their own data as a guide for change, provide a road map for describing and understanding patterns of disproportionality. It also lays the groundwork for formulating actions that address disproportionality at the local level.

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