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Significant Disproportionality

Local educational agencies that have been identified as Significantly Disproportionate are required to participate in all three steps of the Compliance and Improvement Monitoring process. This is the home page for that Level.

If you have been identified as Significantly Disproportionate in your March 14, 2022, Annual Determination Letter, you are identified as Significantly Disproportionate and did not meet one or more of the targets for the following elements:

  • Discipline: Suspension and Expulsion
  • Placement
  • Indicator 9: Disproportionality Overall
  • Indicator 10: Disproportionality by Disability

Once identified as significantly disproportionate, the local educational agency (LEA) is required to take mandatory actions including, but not limited to reserving, 15 percent of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds to provide Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS).

Your Support Team

Technical Assistance Provider: State Performance Plan Technical Assistance Project (SPP-TAP) website External link opens in new window or tab.

LEAs will be contacted by the Special Education Division's (SED’s) technical assistance contractor, State Performance Plan Technical Assistance Project (SPP-TAP), with information about an upcoming informational webinar and mandatory trainings. In addition, the assigned SED regional Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance (FMTA) consultant will be in contact with more information on Significant Disproportionality requirements.

For general questions about the Significant Disproportionality process, please visit or contact the FMTA manager listed below to be directed to the appropriate consultant.

California Department of Education Staff

Intensive Monitoring Unit Contact Information
FMTA I Manager: Barbara Gaskin
Direct Phone Number: 916-327-0865
Unit Phone Number: 916-324-8898
Email: BGaskin@cde.ca.gov
FMTA IV Manager: Jack Brimhall
Direct Phone Number: 916-445-1056
Unit Phone Number: 916-445-9772
Email: JBrimhall@cde.ca.gov

A detailed document outlining the mandatory steps for LEAs identified as significantly disproportionate is located on the SPP-TAP Significant Disproportionality web page External link opens in new window or tab..

What am I Required to Do?

Task Due Date
Visit the SPP-TAP Website and work through the required elements of the CCEIS. April–November 2022
Submit a CCEIS Plan November 1, 2022

What Do I Need to Do First?

Go to the SPP-TAP Significant Disproportionality web page External link opens in new window or tab. and begin to review the detailed document outlining the mandatory steps for LEAs identified as significantly disproportionate.

Questions:   Special Education Division | 916-445-4613
Last Reviewed: Monday, March 14, 2022
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