The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network, "the Network," is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education. The Network is funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Part B. The Network is a Wisconsin collaboration among the Department of Public Instruction, cooperative educational service agencies (CESAs), local education agencies, institutions of higher education, and community stakeholders.
The Network works with preK-12 educators, schools, districts and other community partners to reduce racial disproportionality in special education. Each member of our staff is committed to racial and social justice, striving to honor those who came before us while transforming current systems to ensure a hope-filled future for all.
Services are available throughout Wisconsin to identified and invited districts through a multi-tiered system of free and low-cost training and supports.
The Network meets federal requirements related to racial disproportionality in special education (Indicators #4B, #9, and #10 and the separate, but related, requirements related to significant disproportionality) and provides a system for improving student outcomes through:
- Identifying annually LEAs that meet Wisconsin’s criteria for Indicators #4B, #9, #10, and significant disproportionality;
- Monitoring related compliance of identified LEAs; and
- Offering targeted technical assistance and providing professional development and web-based resources
The levels of support offered by the Network are for the purposes of achieving improved educational outcomes for children with disabilities in Wisconsin through a review of and to transform district practices, policies and procedures.
Indicator #4: Rates of suspension and expulsion: Percent of districts that have: (a) a significant discrepancy, by race or ethnicity, in the rate of suspensions and expulsions of greater than 10 days in a school year for children with IEPs; and (b) policies, procedures or practices that contribute to the significant discrepancy and do not comply with requirements relating to the development and implementation of IEPs, the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports, and procedural safeguards.
Indicator #9: Percent of districts with disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in special education and related services that is the result of inappropriate identification.
Indicator #10: Percent of districts with disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in specific disability categories that is the result of inappropriate identification.