Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Report: N.J. Black Students More Likely to Be Classified as Mentally Retarded

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Report: N.J. Black Students More Likely to Be Classified as Mentally Retarded

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TRENTON, N.J.

A national education report released recently found that Black students in New Jersey are 3.6 times more likely to be classified as mentally retarded than White students. That rate is higher than any other state.

But while there is great disparity between Black and White students being classified, the state had the lowest overall percentage in the nation of students who were designated mentally retarded, with 3.2 percent compared to the national average of 9.9 percent.

The findings come from the "Quality Counts" reports published each year by Education Week, a national education newspaper. The numbers are for the 2002-2003 school year.

The study examined how the 50 states are complying with the federal law requiring all students, including those with disabilities, to perform at the "proficient level" on state tests.

While the state has made some progress in improving special education, the report raised concerns among educators and civil rights leaders who worry that students may not be getting resources they need. …

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