The Condition of Education 2014

Participation in Education

Children and Youth with Disabilities

The number of children and youth receiving special education services was 6.4 million in 2011–12, or about 13 percent of all public school students. Some 36 percent of the students receiving these services had specific learning disabilities.

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Percentage distribution of children ages 3–21 served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B, by selected disability type: School year 2011–12

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).