Abstract

The purpose of this study is to detect whether there is an overrepresentation of African American students with disabilities being served under IDEA in school districts in Wisconsin. This study will also examine what school factors might explain this variation. Racial composition, teacher quality and magnet and charter schools are the variables measured in this study. Regression analysis was used to test the significance of each variable. The results indicate that schools with higher quality have proportionately fewer African American students with disabilities enrolled under IDEA.

Modified Abstract

The purpose of this study is to detect whether there is an overrepresentation of African American students with disabilities being served under IDEA in school districts in Wisconsin. This study will also examine what school factors might explain this variation.

Research Category

Social Science/Education/Public Health

Primary Author's Major

Criminology & Justice Studies/Criminology

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Julie Globokar

Presentation Format

Oral

Start Date

21-3-2017 1:00 PM

Research Area

Disability and Equity in Education | Special Education and Teaching

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Mar 21st, 1:00 PM

IDEA: Examining the Overrepresentation of African American Students with Disabilities from 2013-14

The purpose of this study is to detect whether there is an overrepresentation of African American students with disabilities being served under IDEA in school districts in Wisconsin. This study will also examine what school factors might explain this variation. Racial composition, teacher quality and magnet and charter schools are the variables measured in this study. Regression analysis was used to test the significance of each variable. The results indicate that schools with higher quality have proportionately fewer African American students with disabilities enrolled under IDEA.