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Significant Disproportionality

The December 2016 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) require each state to develop a standard methodology to identify local education agencies (LEAs) with significant disproportionality and ensure that children with disabilities are properly identified for services, receive necessary services in the least restrictive environment, and are not disproportionately removed from their educational placements by disciplinary removals.       

To facilitate the regulatory process, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) conducted three stakeholder forums to obtain public comment on the required significant disproportionality standard methodology. In addition to these forums, the Bureau of Special Education is seeking written input.
To facilitate written input, there is a brief webinar located on the Pennsylvania Technical Training and Assistance Network (PaTTAN) website that provides information regarding the terminology for significant disproportionality, including an overview for the required methodology and the input questions for the flexible parameters within the methodology.  

The online webinar can be viewed at: Significant Disproportionality Webinar.     

Persons wishing to participate in providing written comments can access the following e-mail account at to submit written comment feedback. The comments provided will be read and will be used towards developing the parameters for the mandated standard methodology. The comment period will begin September 30, 2017 and will end November 15, 2017.   
If there are additional questions regarding the process explained above, you may contact John Gombocz by e-mail at or by phone at 717.772.3745.