10 Steps for Putting Special Education Equity Data into Action
In our report series Crossing the Line, we explored special education classification rates – in particular, the diversity across states and local school districts and implications on equity.
We explored the perceived impact of policy and resources, district support and services, and even professional development on special education classification rates.
As we process through those findings, inevitably we have to ask the question, “What now?” How do we translate data into action?
These 10 steps for putting data into action are a great place to start (plus, we’ve compiled some additional resources from the Institute and Frontline Education to help you dive even deeper).
Develop a common definition and shared understanding of equity and equitable practices
Examine data on classification rates
Review local policy to identify intended and unintended consequences that may jeopardize equitable practices
Revise policy to prioritize equitable practices and address gaps identified
Review allocation of resources to ensure equitable alignment to the needs of students in all sub-groups
Engage in redesigning a multi-tiered system of supports – rooted in evidence-based practices – that maximizes resources aligned to student needs
Use ongoing data from multiple measures to assess student learning progress
Target closing gaps in achievement between special education students and their non-classified peers
Provide teachers voice and choice in professional learning
Assess impact of professional learning on student outcomes