If one takes an informal poll of who is in special education classrooms across the United States, one finds that about 70% of the students identified come from poverty and are eligible for free or reduced lunches. Yet, statistically speaking, this does not make sense. Across populations, in statistical research, about 95% of any population will function within two standard deviations of the norm. So in a student population of 500, it would figure that about 25 students will not fit the norm – and that would be an equal distribution across different populations. In other words, one would say that of that 25, there should be a fairly equal representation of males, females, minorities, and all socio-economic levels of students. Yet, we all know that in practice that does not happen. Why not?
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