The Negative Effects Of Disproportionality In Education

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Disproportionality refers to the overrepresentation or underrepresentation of particular demographic groups in comparison to the overall student population. Disproportionate representation of ethnically diverse students in special education and disciplinary action (office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions) has been an epidemic in the school system for the past forty years (Walker & Gresham, 2014). This disproportionality occurs at every level of education, elementary to high school, and every level of disciplinary action (Walker & Gresham, 2014). Research has found evidence that suggests a student’s ethnicity can significantly influence the likelihood of diagnostic identification, as well as disciplinary action (Walker & Gresham, 2014). This misidentification for support services can have both immediate and long-term negative effects on a student.

These long-term effects are especially prevalent in student populations with emotional and behavioral disorders. School suspensions and expulsions are more likely to be used as a disciplinary alternative, as the common belief is the school exclusion will lead to an improvement of student behavior and school climate by removing the most disruptive students (Walker & Gresham, 2014). The evidence shows the opposite to be true, school exclusions have only negative effects on improving student behavior and the school climate (Walker & Gresham, 2014). These suspensions and expulsions create an environment where students feel less

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