On May 28, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), released “The Condition of Education 2015,” a Congressionally mandated report to the country on education in America today. The report presents 42 indicators grouped under four areas: population characteristics, participation in education, elementary and secondary education, and postsecondary education. The report also underlines some issues of current policy interest: kindergartners’ approaches to learning behaviors and academic outcomes, disparities in educational outcomes among male youth of color, and differences in postsecondary attainment by socioeconomic status.
Highlights from the report concerning children and youth with disabilities included:
- The number of children and youth ages 3–21 receiving special education services was 6.4 million, or about 13 percent of all public school students, in 2012–13.
- In school year 2012–13, a higher percentage of children and youth ages 3–21 received special education services under IDEA for specific learning disabilities than for any other type of disability.
- About 95 percent of school-age children and youth ages 6–21 who were served under IDEA in 2012–13 were enrolled in regular schools.
- Some 3 percent of children and youth ages 6–21 who were served under IDEA were enrolled in separate schools (public or private) for students with disabilities.
- The percentage of children and youth served under IDEA was highest for American Indians/Alaska Natives (16 percent), followed by Blacks (15 percent), Whites (13 percent), children and youth of two or more races (13 percent), Hispanics (12 percent), Pacific Islanders (11 percent), and Asians (6 percent).
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