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Table 118. Number of 14- through 21-year-old students served under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B, who exited school, by exit reason, age, and type of disability: 2007-08 and 2008-09
Age and type of disability Exiting school Transferred to regular education3 Moved, known to be continuing4
Total Graduated with diploma Received a certifi-cate of attendance Reached maximum age1 Dropped out2 Died
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2007-08                
    Total 366,964 216,738 53,092 5,622 89,999 1,513 51,087 211,924
Age                
14 3,598 3 9 3,385 201 13,015 43,003
15 7,915 24 32 7,588 271 11,691 47,908
16 20,170 1,881 625 17,365 299 11,559 49,587
17 135,299 92,434 15,862 26,711 292 9,674 41,311
18 136,144 90,836 20,995 980 23,100 233 3,881 21,760
19 40,174 22,905 8,222 515 8,429 103 885 5,958
20 14,139 5,955 4,266 1,240 2,604 74 262 1,738
21 9,525 2,700 3,081 2,887 817 40 120 659
                 
Type of disability                
Autism 7,188 4,544 1,722 398 499 25 544 2,853
Deaf-blindness 89 52 18 8 8 3 9 43
Emotional disturbance 42,469 19,385 3,971 580 18,385 148 5,189 44,148
Hearing impairments 4,183 2,913 733 64 464 9 534 1,785
Intellectual disability 41,604 15,643 14,811 1,955 8,908 287 1,713 19,574
Multiple disabilities 8,198 3,745 2,095 651 1,442 265 236 4,146
Orthopedic impairments 3,327 2,060 603 142 437 85 371 1,260
Other health impairments5 38,535 25,635 3,831 234 8,618 217 7,224 22,073
Specific learning disabilities 208,380 133,985 23,645 1,460 48,891 399 27,338 108,668
Speech or language
     impairments
9,270 6,183 1,140 32 1,879 36 7,651 6,076
Traumatic brain injury 2,256 1,464 371 65 328 28 119 810
Visual impairments 1,465 1,129 152 33 140 11 159 488
                 
2008-09                
    Total 407,441 246,990 61,486 6,107 91,198 1,660 66,211 218,964
Age                
14 3,658 40 17 3,366 235 16,937 42,164
15 7,784 88 36 7,394 266 14,867 48,895
16 22,057 3,062 932 17,747 316 14,188 50,699
17 151,382 105,331 18,505 27,202 344 12,446 43,532
18 152,942 104,261 24,337 882 23,230 232 5,815 23,990
19 42,767 24,113 9,282 498 8,738 136 1,336 6,809
20 15,626 6,643 4,714 1,427 2,754 88 452 2,112
21 11,225 3,452 3,663 3,300 767 43 170 763
                 
Type of disability                
Autism 9,892 6,374 2,390 488 609 31 1,017 3,570
Deaf-blindness 77 49 8 10 7 3 4 27
Emotional disturbance 45,813 21,729 4,769 565 18,587 163 7,061 44,841
Hearing impairments 4,893 3,510 785 75 515 8 736 1,876
Intellectual disability 42,908 16,606 15,313 2,204 8,500 285 2,021 19,498
Multiple disabilities 8,916 4,286 2,299 705 1,323 303 316 4,052
Orthopedic impairments 3,807 2,330 706 146 520 105 472 1,334
Other health impairments5 46,422 31,248 5,204 282 9,460 228 9,519 23,741
Specific learning disabilities 230,461 151,016 28,190 1,473 49,294 488 35,365 112,511
Speech or language
     impairments
10,085 6,887 1,236 44 1,895 23 9,326 6,099
Traumatic brain injury 2,416 1,641 363 76 320 16 147 810
Visual impairments 1,751 1,314 223 39 168 7 227 605
†Not applicable.
1 Students may exit special education services due to maximum age beginning at age 18 depending on state law or practice or order of any court.
2 "Dropped out" is defined as the total who were enrolled at some point in the reporting year, were not enrolled at the end of the reporting year, and did not exit for any of the other reasons described. Includes students previously categorized as "moved, not known to continue."
3 "Transferred to regular education" was previously labeled "no longer receives special education."
4 "Moved, known to be continuing" is the total number of students who moved out of the administrative area or transferred to another district and are known to be continuing in an educational program.
5 Other health impairments include having limited strength, vitality, or alertness due to chronic or acute health problems such as a heart condition, tuberculosis, rheumatic fever, nephritis, asthma, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, epilepsy, lead poisoning, leukemia, or diabetes.
NOTE: Data are for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Bureau of Indian Education schools.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) database. Retrieved September 19, 2011, from https://www.ideadata.org/DACAnalyticTool/Intro_2.asp. (This table was prepared September 2011.)
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