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Study Shows Black Students Less Likely to be Identified as Having Disabilities

Nicole Rojas
Sep 1, 2019 - 6:00
Study Shows Black Students Less Likely to be Identified as Having Disabilities

A new study to be published in the upcoming issue of Exceptional Children found that Black and Latinx children in the South are less likely to be identified as having learning disabilities. The study differs from findings in previous research by adding analyses of geographical differences.

Paul Morgan, a professor of education at Pennsylvania State University, is the lead author of “Are Schools in the US South Using Special Education to Segregate Students by Race?” The study looks at the frequency that students of color are recognized for special education services in the South. It’s conclusion challenges the findings of previous research.

“Because prior research did not look at specific...

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