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The Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services held a two-day work session in May to develop the content for tools to assist Maryland’s local school systems as they address disparities in education based on race or ethnicity for students with disabilities.
Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special of Early Intervention and Special Education Services, convened a group of stakeholders who represented educators, advocates, local leaders, and families from school systems across the State, as well as cross-divisional State leaders, to share their expertise.
Dr. Carol Quirk, Chief Executive Officer, Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, and Dr. Edward Fergus, Assistant Professor, Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies at Temple University, facilitated the work session.
The Division is working to support local school systems as they address the disproportionate identification of students as having a disability, placement of students with disabilities in separate settings, and disciplinary removal of students with disabilities based on racial and ethnic factors. The workgroup made recommendations for a data analysis facilitator and a local self-assessment tool to guide individualized education program teams in their decision-making.
Throughout 2018, the Maryland State Department of Education will finalize and pilot the data facilitator and self-assessment tool with continued input from critical stakeholders and an evaluation of the impact of these tools on local practices that affect student outcomes.