The Importance Of Overrepresentation In Special Education

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Overrepresentation in the schools across the understand has been an issue for decades and many have done research and have tried to understand and resolve why there has been so many diverse students being overrepresented, under-represented or misidentification. Many people such as researchers, parents, community members, teachers and districts have tried to advocate for these students, but they have never been successful because so many other students fall through the cracks while they focus on one. As teachers we need to learn to advocate for our students and reassure our students are getting the right education that challenged, but also allows them to succeed. No child should be misrepresented because of race or color or even gender because every child should be given an equal chance to learn in the appropriate environment. “The inaccurate placement of minority students in special education programs can take various forms including overrepresentation, underrepresentation, and misidentification” (Guiberson; 2009). As we review what each of these terms mean we can see how many students can fall under these sections if not properly assessed or tested towards their strengths rather than towards a general test. First, overrepresentation is an occurrence of minority students in special education programs is greater than the school population as a whole. Second, under-representation occurs when students with a disability are not identified as being disabled and they do not

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