Significant Disproportionality

December 2016, federal regulations regarding significant disproportionality were updated. States were required to update their policy and procedures to better understand the extent of disproportionality and promote consistency among states. This website will provide information on South Dakota’s Significant Disproportionality Methodology, federal documents and other information relevant to school districts.

Delay of implementation to July 1, 2020 (see federal regulation final rule)

What is Disproportionality?

Disproportionality exists when students in a racial or ethnic group are more likely to be:
  • identified as a student with a disability
  • identified as a student with a particular disability
  • placed in more restrictive settings
  • suspended or expelled
  • …than students in other racial or ethnic groups
Regulations and Policy
Significant Disproportionality (Equity in IDEA) Essential Questions and Answers (March 2017)
South Dakota’s Significant Disproportionality Methodology Identification (April 2018)
Fiscal Impact
A Comparison of Mandatory Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) and Voluntary Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS)
IDEA Data Center (IDC)
Success Gaps Toolkit

If you have questions, please contact the Special Education Office at the South Dakota Department of Education at 605-773-3678.