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Students Receiving Special Education in the Nation’s Public Schools is on the Rise

6.7 million kids with disabilities in classrooms across the country
June 12, 2018

The number of students receiving special education in the nation’s public schools is on the rise, according to a new federal report.

There were 6.7 million kids with disabilities in classrooms across the country during the 2015-2016 school year, accounting for 13.2 percent of all students.
That’s up from 6.6 million the year prior.

The figures, which come from an annual report issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, cover children ages 3 to 21 receiving services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

I highly recommend you click the embedded link above to access the entire report by the National Center for Education Statistics entitled “The Condition of Education 2018.”
Indicator 1.8 in the report (pp.74-78) addresses the numbers of children and youth with disabilities in preprimary through secondary education programs.
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