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Virtuoso Education Consulting customizes its services to meet the unique needs of individual districts and schools. We are able to customize our trainings by first working with a district or individual school to determine strengths and identify needs as indicated by school wide and student level data. Together, we determine the best plan of action to ensure you get solutions and see results.

What is Significant Disproportionality

Significant Disproportionality is over-representation of minority students identified with a learning disability or other type of disability under the IDEA. When a minority group's numbers in special education are statistically higher than they should be, they are considered disproportionate. A weighted Risk Ratio is used to determine non-compliance.

Why is Significant Disproportionality a Problem?

When schools have higher numbers of certain ethnic or minority students enrolled in special education that they should have by statistical standards, it signals the possibility that some of the students may not be truly disabled and may have been incorrectly identified. Disproportionality is a problem because it can:

What Causes Disproportionality?

Disproportionality may be caused by:

What Must Districts Implement?

Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS)

CEIS includes:

Any LEA that uses up to 15% of IDEA Part B funds for coordinated early intervening services must annually report to the state education agency on:

We customize a plan of action to meet the unique needs of individual districts and schools. We accomplish this by first working with a district or school to complete a needs assessment to determine strengths and identify areas of need as indicated by district wide and student level data. We help keep the districts cost down while implementing an effective sustainable solution.

Our professional development solutions:

We have successfully worked with districts cited for disproportionality and helped them to ultimately resolve noncompliance by focusing on :

  1. Establishing Prevention and Early Intervention Systems (RTI)
  2. Implementing Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
  3. Improving Pre-referral Intervention Teaming Processes
  4. Culturally Relevant Assessment Techniques
  5. Initiating Family and Community Partnerships
  6. Improving Staff Proficiency in Culturally Responsive Practices

See about our full service process for addressing disproportionality



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Allowable Costs for IDEA Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS)

Questions and Answers on Significant Disproportionality

Memo on Disproportionality of Racial and Ethnic Groups in Special Education

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