TABLE 2-12 1998 Comparison of States with Highest Risk (RI) and Composition (CI) Indices for Black Students in the Category of Learning Disability

State

RI

CI

White RI for State

Highest RI

Delaware

12.19%

43.26%

7.15%

Rhode Island

10.38%

7.75%

10.30%

New Mexico

9.99%

3.34%

6.83%

Montana

9.90%

.76%

5.80%

Highest CI

District of Columbia

6.68%

91.94%

3.68%

Mississippi

6.39%

57.53%

4.87%

Louisiana

6.65%

55.57%

4.26%

South Carolina

5.82%

42.55%

5.86%

TABLE 2-13 1998 Comparison of States with Highest Risk (RI) and Composition (CI) Indices for Hispanic Students in the Category of Learning Disability

State

RI

CI

White RI for State

Highest RI

Delaware

8.93%

3.60%

7.15%

New York

8.42%

21.72%

7.03%

New Mexico

8.21%

51.40%

6.83%

Highest CI

New Mexico

8.21%

51.40%

6.83%

California

5.81%

41.65%

6.00%

Texas

7.05%

38.46%

6.59%

Arizona

5.90%

33.25%

5.44%

ment in LD (CI), we find RIs that are substantially higher for black students than white students in three states (District of Columbia, Louisiana, and Mississippi), and almost identical rates in South Carolina.

For Hispanic students, the states with the highest risk indices again show no pattern. They range from Delaware with 3.60 percent of LD students who are Hispanic, to New Mexico with 51.4 percent. In all three states, the risk index is higher for Hispanic students than for white students, but all three states identify white students at a rate higher than the national average.



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