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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NCES Releases Report On the Condition of Education 2014

From Special Education Law Blog

By Jim Gerl
May 30, 2014

The National Center for Education Statistics has released a new report: "The Condition of Education 2014." The report contains a wealth of information and statistics on education in America.

You can find general information here. You can download the entire report here.

The report provides data about level of education and employment; the status of rural education; how post-secondary education is financed and tons of other topics of interest to those who work in or are concerned about education. Check it out.

Concerning special education, here is a small quote from the report:

Enacted in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), formerly known as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EAHCA), mandates the provision of a free and appropriate public school education for eligible children and youth ages 3–21.

Eligible children and youth are those identified by a team of professionals as having a disability that adversely affects academic performance and as being in need of special
education and related services. Data collection activities to monitor compliance with IDEA began in 1976.

From school years 1990–91 through 2004–05, the number of children and youth ages 3–21 who received special education services increased, as did their percentage of total public school enrollment: 4.7 million children and youth ages 3–21, or about 11 percent of public school enrollment, received special education services in 1990–91, compared with 6.7 million, or about 14 percent, in 2004–05.

The number and percentage of children and youth served under IDEA have declined each year from 2005–06 through 2011–12. By 2011–12, the number of children and youth receiving services had declined to 6.4 million, corresponding to 13 percent of total public school enrollment."

There is also a graph showing which eligibility categories have what share of kids served under IDEA. E.g., Kids identified with specific learning disabilities are 36% of the kids on IEPs (page 74).

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