Table E-5-2.  Percentage of children ages 12–17 ever having been diagnosed with a learning disability, by sex and race/ethnicity: Selected years, 1999—2008

Sex and race/ethnicity 1999   2002   2005   2008  
Total1 9.6   10.5   9.2   9.4  
Sex                
Male 13.0   13.8   11.0   11.4  
Female 6.0   7.1   7.4   7.3  
                 
Race/ethnicity                
White 10.4   11.0   9.3   11.2  
Black 10.3   12.6   10.8   9.1  
Hispanic 6.4   7.0   8.2   5.9  
Asian   #      
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander        
American Indian/Alaska Native        
Two or more races        
                 
Race/ethnicity by sex                
Male                
White 14.0   14.1   10.8   13.8  
Black 13.9   17.7   14.5   11.2  
Hispanic 8.7   9.1   10.2   6.6  
Asian   #      
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander        
American Indian/Alaska Native        
Two or more races        
                 
Female                
White 6.5   7.8   7.7   8.5  
Black 6.7   7.2   7.2   6.8  
Hispanic 3.9   5.0   6.2   5.1  
Asian   #   #   #  
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander        
American Indian/Alaska Native        
Two or more races        
— Not available.
# Rounds to zero.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately in the table.
NOTE: "Learning disability" is based on parent responses to the question "Has a representative from a school or a health professional ever told you that [child's name] had a learning disability?" Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2008.