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Special Education Fast Facts

1. There are 6,612,752 children and students age 3 to 21 served under IDEA, Part B in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  There are more than twice as many males served as females.

Males served: 4,421,464  
Females served 2,191,288  

 

2. Since the first Special Education law was enacted in 1977 the total number of children and students served has increased by 81%.

 

3. California has the most children and students age 3 to 21 served under IDEA, Part B of any of the 50 states with 670,904.

 

4. North Dakota has the fewest children and students age 3 to 21 served under IDEA, Part B of any of the 50 states with 13,616.

 

5. 13.6% of total student enrollment age 3 to 21 is served under one of IDEA’s disability categories.

 Specific Learning Disability:  5.4%
 Speech or language impairments:  3.0%
 Mental Retardation:  1.1%
 Emotional Disturbance: 0.9%
 Hearing Impairment:  0.2%
 Orthopedic impairments:  0.1%
 Other Health Impairments:  1.2%
 Visual Impairments: 0.1%
 Multiple Disabilities: 0.3% 
 Deaf-Blindness: Rounds to Zero
 Autism: 0.5%
 Traumatic Brain Injury: 0.1%
 Developmental delay: 0.7%

 

6. Number of mediations held through dispute resolution procedures for children ages 3 through 21 served under IDEA, Part B:

 Mediations held related to due process: 2,456
 Mediation held not related to due process: 2,933

                                         

7. Number of hearings (fully adjudicated) through dispute resolution procedures for children ages 3 through 21 served under IDEA, Part B:

Hearings (fully adjudicated): 3,263
Resolved without hearing: 11,571

                                        

8. There were 3,546 written, signed complaints initiated through dispute resolution procedures for children ages 3 through 21 served under IDEA, Part B.

 

9. Personnel employed to provide special education and related services to children and students ages 3 through 21 under IDEA, Part B, by personnel type:

Audiologists 1,461
Speech-Language Pathologists  55,508
Interpreters 7,046
Psychologists 28,867
Occupational therapists 16,754
Physical therapists 7,783
Physical education teachers and recreation 13,472
Social Workers 17,646
Medical/Nursing service staff 15,316
Counselors and Rehabilitation counselors 14,617
Orientation and Mobility Specialists 1,183

 

10. Teachers employed to provide special education and related services to students ages 6 through 21 under IDEA, Part B, by qualification:

 Highly qualified 354,298
 Not highly qualified 44,924

 

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services last report for school year 2006 – 2007 

  

 

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