As part of the State Performance Plan, the Center for Urban Studies has
developed resources for each Local Educational Area in Michigan to gauge the
extent to which students of particular racial/ethnic groups are being over
identified for special education services.
The first tool is a report for each LEA that presents the values used
by the state to determine disproportionality for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Federal Fiscal Years. This report
presents risk measures including the Weighted Risk Ratio, Alternative Risk Ratio,
and Risk Ratio for seven racial/ethnic groups (American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, White and Two or more races) across seven disability categories
(cognitive impairment, emotional impairment, speech and language impairment, specific learning disability, autism spectrum disorder and other health impairment), as well as all disabilities. For details on how the state determines whether disproportionate representation exists in a district, please refer to the business rules.
The other resource provided is a calculator for entering data recalculations. By
inputting changes to general enrollment population numbers and disability
population numbers, districts can notify representatives at the MDE of changes
to each disability category population, and the type of district data (Operating
or Resident) being changed.
All these are explained in detail in the FAQ Page.