New Jersey Department of Education

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Special Education

Legal Protections & Responsibilities



Disproportionality is the over representation of specific racial/ethnic groups in special education and is a United States Department of Education priority area.   It is a complicated issue with which state education agencies and school districts across the county work hard to address.  Each year NJOSEP conducts a data analysis to determine whether a district meets the criteria for disproportionality. Those districts that are identified with disproportionality receive guidance and technical assistance from the NJOSEP. 

For more information on disproportionality please contact Kim Murray, manager of the Bureau of Program Accountability at 609-292-7605 or