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Significant Disproportionality

Local educational agencies that have been identified as Significantly Disproportionate are required to participate in all four steps of the Compliance and Improvement Monitoring process.

If your local educational agency (LEA) was identified as Significantly Disproportionate in the Annual Determination Letter, your LEA has overidentified a specific race and/or ethnicity in one or more of the following special education categories:

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

Once identified as Significantly Disproportionate, the LEA is required to take mandatory actions including, but not limited to, reserving 15 percent of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds to develop and implement a Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) plan and provide CCEIS services.

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LEAs will be contacted by the Special Education Division (SED) technical assistance contractor, State Performance Plan Technical Assistance Project (SPP-TAP), with information about informational webinars and mandatory trainings. In addition, the assigned SED Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance (FMTA) consultant will be in contact with LEAs to provide support throughout the CCEIS development and implementation process.

For general questions about Significant Disproportionality, please visit the SPP-TAP Significant Disproportionality web page External link opens in new window or tab. or email SIGDISP@cde.ca.gov to be directed to the assigned FMTA Consultant.

Detailed information outlining the process for LEAs identified as Significantly Disproportionate is located on the SPP-TAP Significant Disproportionality web page External link opens in new window or tab..

2021 Significantly Disproportionate LEAs
A list of the LEAs identified as significantly disproportionate for the 2021 fiscal year.

2022 Significantly Disproportionate LEAs
A list of the LEAs identified as significantly disproportionate for the 2022 fiscal year.

What am I Required to Do?

Task Due Date
Visit the SPP-TAP Significant Disproportionality Overview of the Four Phase Process web page External link opens in new window or tab. to review required elements of the four-step process April–November 2022
Submit the CCEIS Plan to the California Department of Education (CDE) November 1, 2022
Implement the CCEIS Plan and Submit Quarterly Progress and Expenditure Reports Upon CDE Approval of the CCEIS Plan and through the end of the reporting period for the identified cohort year

What Do I Need to Do First?

Access the SPP-TAP Significant Disproportionality web page External link opens in new window or tab. information which outlines the mandatory steps for LEAs identified as Significantly Disproportionate. Follow processes for development and implementation of the CCEIS Plan.

Questions:   Special Education Division | SigDisp@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Friday, October 28, 2022
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