Special Education Report Roundup

Research Report: Special Education

By Christina A. Samuels — September 05, 2017 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Black and Hispanic children, as well as children of other minority races, are enrolled in special education at rates significantly lower than those of their white peers, finds a new study in the journal Educational Researcher.

Paul L. Morgan, an education professor at Pennsylvania State University, and George Farkas, an education professor at the University of California, Irvine, argue that when comparing minority children with otherwise similar white peers, white children get special education services at a higher rate while minorities may be missing out. This replication study looked at the scores of nearly 400,000 students in the 4th, 8th, and 12th grades who participated in the National Assessment for Educational Progress.

Among 4th graders whose reading achievement was in the lowest 10 percent nationally, 74 percent of white students were receiving special education services, versus 44 percent of black students with similar reading achievement.

Other racial and ethnic groups with low reading achievement were also less likely than white students to receive special education services. For Hispanics, 43 percent were enrolled in special education, as were 34 percent of Asians, 48 percent of American Indians, 43 percent of Pacific Islanders, and 66 percent of students of multiple races.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the September 06, 2017 edition of Education Week as Special Education

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Budget & Finance Webinar
Innovative Funding Models: A Deep Dive into Public-Private Partnerships
Discover how innovative funding models drive educational projects forward. Join us for insights into effective PPP implementation.
Content provided by Follett Learning
Budget & Finance Webinar Staffing Schools After ESSER: What School and District Leaders Need to Know
Join our newsroom for insights on investing in critical student support positions as pandemic funds expire.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Achievement Webinar
How can districts build sustainable tutoring models before the money runs out?
District leaders, low on funds, must decide: broad support for all or deep interventions for few? Let's discuss maximizing tutoring resources.
Content provided by Varsity Tutors for Schools

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Special Education The Pros and Cons of AI in Special Education
AI can make special educators' jobs easier by handling paperwork and serving as an adaptive tool. But there are privacy and other concerns.
9 min read
Student being assisted by AI
Nicole Xu for Education Week
Special Education From Our Research Center What Happens for High Schoolers Who Need More Than 4 Years?
Districts work to serve older students longer than four years to plan for a changing career world.
6 min read
Older student facing the city, younger version is being swept away.
Nicole Xu for Education Week
Special Education These Grants Could Help Students With Disabilities Access Jobs, Training
The Ed. Dept. is investing $236 million to help with transitions to careers and post-secondary education.
3 min read
Collage of a woman in a wheelchair on a road leading to a large dollar sign. In the woman's hair is a ghosted photo of hands on a laptop.
Collage by Gina Tomko/Education Week + Getty
Special Education Download DOWNLOADABLE: Does Your School Use These 10 Dimensions of Student Belonging?
These principles are designed to help schools move from inclusion of students with disabilities in classrooms to true belonging.
1 min read
Image of a group of students meeting with their teacher. One student is giving the teacher a high-five.
Laura Baker/Education Week via Canva