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Students with disabilities, inclusion of

Question:
What percentage of students with disabilities are educated in general classrooms?

Response:

Enacted in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates the provision of a free and appropriate public school education for eligible students ages 321.

Of the school-age children served under IDEA in fall 2021,1

Students served under IDEA who attended regular schools spent different percentages of time during the school day in general classes, and these percentages changed over time. Between fall 2010 and fall 2021,3 among all school-age students served under IDEA, the percentage who were in regular schools and spent various amounts of time in general classes changed as follows:

In fall 2021, more than two-thirds of students with the following disabilities spent 80 percent or more of their time during the school day in general classes:

Less than one-third of students with the following disabilities spent 80 percent or more of their time during the school day in general classes:


1 Data throughout this Fast Fact represent the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
2 Refers to students who are enrolled by their parents or guardians in regular private schools and have their basic education paid for through private resources but receive special education and/or related services at public expense.
3 For fall 2010 through fall 2018, school-age students include students ages 621. Due to changes in reporting requirements in the fall 2019 data collection, the number of 6- to 21-year-olds served may include some 5-year-olds enrolled in kindergarten in that year. Starting in the fall 2020 data collection, school-age students include 6- to 21-year-olds and 5-year-olds enrolled in kindergarten.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics. (2023). Students with Disabilities. Condition of Education. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved June 25, 2023, from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator/cgg.

Numbers in figure titles reflect original numeration from source Condition of Education indicators.

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