The discipline of students with disabilities: Factors that influence exclusionary practices of Indiana high school principals
The purpose of this study was to examine the current knowledge of Indiana public secondary administrators about appropriate discipline for students with disabilities, as defined in statues and legal decisions, to gather data on exclusionary discipline practices to determine if they are used disproportionately with students who are disabled and/or minority students, to investigate the demographic factors that influence Indiana high school principals to use exclusionary methods of discipline with students who are disabled and/or with minority students. Using a mailed survey, all high school administrators were asked to complete a survey which measured knowledge of special education, current exclusionary discipline practices, and demographic data. Data was analyzed using measures of central tendency, t tests, Chinn and Hughes ± 10% of the population proportions Z scores, correlation, regression, and chi-square. Results indicated that the knowledge level was adequate to met the needs of administrators, analysis indicated disproportional use of exclusionary discipline with students with disabilities by a small number of administrators, and the demographic variables of gender, size of school, and locale are significant for use of exclusionary discipline.
0529: Special education
0533: Secondary education