IDEA Section 618(d) requires each state to annually examine whether significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity is occurring in the state and the LEAs of the state. Having significant disproportionality means that students of a particular race/ethnicity are significantly more likely than their other-race peers to be identified as children with disabilities, identified with a particular disability category (e.g., Autism, Intellectual Disability), placed in a particular educational setting (e.g., separate classroom), or suspended/expelled as a disciplinary measure.
The regulations surrounding Significant Disproportionality (34 CFR §300.616) was proposed to be changed in March 2016, and the new regulation was finalized in December 2016. Please see the resources below for more information about the new Significant Disproportionality regulations.
- Regulation regarding Significant Disproportionality - 34 CFR §300.616 (PDF)
- FAQ - Significant Disproportionality (PDF)
- Crosswalk of Current Regulations with Prior regulations (PDF)
- Webinars:Significant Disproportionality Determination School Year 2017-18