Citations Affected: IC 20-19-6; IC 20-31-5-4.
Synopsis: Educational equity. Establishes the office of educational
equity (office) within the department of education (department).
Provides that the office shall establish a framework to assist the state
and school corporations in recognizing and responding to
disproportionality within certain programs. Provides that the office
shall establish a framework to assist the state and school corporations
in recognizing and responding to disproportionality (which is definded
as the overrepresentation or underrepresentation of a particular student
population group in a particular educational program or system).
Provides that the office shall work with other offices and centers within
the department to develop effective monitoring and program
development to combat disproportionality that is found in school
corporations. Makes conforming amendments.
Effective: Upon passage.
January 11, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
disproportionality within and among the following programs or
(1) Student achievement.
(3) Special education.
(4) Alternative education.
(5) Dropout prevention and graduation.
(6) High ability.
(7) Cultural competency or engagement.
Sec. 4. The office shall be administered by an associate superintendent for educational equity who is designated by the state superintendent.
Sec. 5. The office shall establish a framework to assist the state and school corporations in recognizing and responding to disproportionality by ensuring at least the following:
(1) The creation of a data system that is capable of detailing state and school corporation level data on the extent of disproportionality within and among the various programs and systems described in section 3 of this chapter.
(2) The establishment of a statewide advisory board to assist the department with the relevant issues associated with addressing disproportionality and achieving equity.
(3) Coordination with other departments and agencies within and outside the department in establishing regulatory mechanisms to ensure accountability.
Sec. 6. The office shall work with other offices and centers within the department to develop effective monitoring and program development to combat disproportionality that is found in school corporations. The activities under this section must include at least the following within or among any of the programs or systems described in section 3 of this chapter:
(1) Identifying the various criteria to be used at both the state and school corporation levels to determine the existence of disproportionality.
(2) Developing a notification process for school corporations found to have disproportionality.
(3) Creating guidelines to assist school corporations described in subdivision (2) to eliminate the disproportionality through the school corporations' strategic and continuous school improvement and achievement plans under IC 20-31-5, including guidelines concerning technical assistance in meeting targets to reduce disproportionality within a
reasonable amount of time.
(4) Developing and disseminating an annual report on the extent of disproportionality at the state and school corporation levels.
Sec. 7. (a) The office shall develop and disseminate information to school corporations, parents, and the public concerning disproportionality, including information concerning at least the following:
(1) The influence or lack of influence of poverty.
(2) Unequal educational opportunities.
(3) Decisionmaking processes that result in unequal outcomes.
(4) Cultural factors.
(b) The office may disseminate information as the office considers appropriate through Internet based sources and links.
Sec. 8. The office shall work with Indiana colleges and universities and any other research institutions in Indiana to engage in ongoing research to:
(1) improve methods of describing existing inequity and disproportionality;
(2) gain further understanding as to why disproportionality exists; and
(3) develop effective and evidence based procedures to reduce and eliminate disproportionality.
individual school basis.
(e) A plan must note specific areas where improvement is needed immediately.