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Table 109. Number of students with disabilities exiting special education, by basis of exit, age, and type of disability: United States and other jurisdictions, 2001-02 and 2002-03

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                               |   Total |   Gradu- |  Received |Reached|No longer|     | Moved, |  Moved, |
                               | exiting |     ated |  a certi- |maximum|receives |     |  known |     not |Dropped
Age and type of disability     | special |     with | ficate of |age\1\ | special |Died |     to |known to |out\2\
                               |education|  diploma |attendance |       |education|     |continue|continue |
_______________________________|_________|__________|___________|_______|_________|_____|________|_________|_______
1                              |       2 |        3 |         4 |     5 |       6 |   7 |      8 |       9 |    10
_______________________________|_________|__________|___________|_______|_________|_____|________|_________|_______
                               |                                         2001-0220
                               |___________________________________________________________________________________
                               |         |          |           |       |         |     |        |         |
   Total, 14 and over .........|  596,233|   190,951|     35,610|  4,790|   65,744|1,841| 157,082|   60,471| 79,744
                               |_________|__________|___________|_______|_________|_____|________|_________|_______
Age                            |         |          |           |       |         |     |        |         |
  14 ..........................|   67,990|      --- |        131|   --- |   17,880|  292|  36,565|   10,427|  2,695
  15 ..........................|   70,454|      --- |        123|   --- |   14,941|  316|  37,056|   12,074|  5,944
  16 ..........................|   79,519|     1,506|        370|   --- |   13,410|  356|  34,578|   13,106| 16,193
  17 ..........................|  131,428|    52,906|      6,109|   --- |   10,836|  323|  26,921|   11,861| 22,472
  18 ..........................|  151,207|    87,936|     14,376|   --- |    6,169|  285|  14,654|    7,590| 20,197
  19 ..........................|   62,557|    36,059|      8,225|   --- |    1,742|  117|   4,482|    3,174|  8,758
  20 ..........................|   17,523|     7,579|      3,050|    559|      481|   76|   1,783|    1,433|  2,562
  21 and over .................|   15,555|     4,965|      3,226|  4,231|      285|   76|   1,043|      806|    923
                               |         |          |           |       |         |     |        |         |
Type of disability             |         |          |           |       |         |     |        |         |
  Specific learning disabilitie|  350,422|   128,776|     15,745|  1,140|   39,786|  588|  84,333|   34,124| 45,930
  Mental retardation ..........|   66,013|    17,702|     12,147|  1,979|    2,340|  374|  16,885|    5,268|  9,318
  Emotional disturbance .......|   95,457|    16,539|      2,837|    388|    7,105|  200|  36,833|   14,272| 17,283
  Speech or language impairment|   20,495|     4,346|        584|     59|    8,846|   18|   3,852|    1,499|  1,291
  Multiple disabilities .......|   10,789|     3,347|      1,229|    652|      424|  260|   2,954|      808|  1,115
  Other health impairments ....|   31,435|    10,881|      1,161|    112|    5,431|  212|   7,617|    2,926|  3,095
  Hearing impairments .........|    6,610|     3,080|        485|     55|      486|   15|   1,521|      485|    483
  Orthopedic impairments ......|    6,300|     2,433|        614|    116|      782|  101|   1,204|      487|    563
  Visual impairments ..........|    2,543|     1,322|        163|     28|      192|   21|     485|      157|    175
  Autism ......................|    3,198|     1,142|        480|    193|      149|   24|     816|      230|    164
  Deaf-blindness ..............|      231|        81|         18|     19|       17|    2|      49|       18|     27
  Traumatic brain injury ......|    2,740|     1,302|        147|     49|      186|   26|     533|      197|    300
                               |_________|__________|___________|_______|_________|_____|________|_________|_______
                               |                                         2002-03
                               |___________________________________________________________________________________
                               |         |          |           |       |         |     |        |         |
   Total, 14 and over .........|  615,894|   195,090|     47,649|  5,035|   67,807|1,867| 172,135|   44,576| 81,735
                               |_________|__________|___________|_______|_________|_____|________|_________|_______
Age                            |         |          |           |       |         |     |        |         |
  14 ..........................|   69,321|      --- |         60|   --- |   18,426|  268|  39,829|    8,012|  2,726
  15 ..........................|   71,404|      --- |         66|   --- |   15,673|  301|  40,289|    8,780|  6,295
  16 ..........................|   81,182|     1,572|        429|   --- |   14,142|  379|  38,599|    9,327| 16,734
  17 ..........................|  144,799|    60,211|     10,709|   --- |   11,103|  354|  30,569|    8,521| 23,332
  18 ..........................|  156,966|    89,373|     19,882|   --- |    6,049|  253|  15,580|    5,535| 20,294
  19 ..........................|   58,691|    32,442|      8,953|   --- |    1,671|  131|   4,610|    2,359|  8,525
  20 ..........................|   18,206|     7,342|      3,832|    820|      469|  104|   1,677|    1,248|  2,714
  21 and over .................|   15,325|     4,150|      3,718|  4,215|      274|   77|     982|      794|  1,115
                               |         |          |           |       |         |     |        |         |
Type of disability             |         |          |           |       |         |     |        |         |
  Specific learning disabilitie|  359,616|   129,984|     23,362|  1,053|   40,258|  613|  92,797|   24,903| 46,646
  Mental retardation ..........|   68,673|    17,846|     14,149|  2,185|    2,314|  370|  17,943|    4,743|  9,123
  Emotional disturbance .......|   95,658|    17,331|      3,611|    417|    7,179|  206|  39,532|    9,584| 17,798
  Speech or language impairment|   21,777|     4,859|        694|     58|    9,561|   36|   4,008|    1,093|  1,468
  Multiple disabilities .......|   11,102|     3,414|      1,398|    674|      448|  234|   3,112|      745|  1,077
  Other health impairments ....|   36,613|    12,251|      2,039|    122|    6,163|  221|   9,703|    2,289|  3,825
  Hearing impairments .........|    6,541|     2,974|        589|     48|      566|   11|   1,503|      360|    490
  Orthopedic impairments ......|    6,318|     2,390|        660|    130|      654|  109|   1,437|      318|    620
  Visual impairments ..........|    2,396|     1,194|        227|     39|      196|   14|     458|      109|    159
  Autism ......................|    4,066|     1,431|        696|    236|      242|   32|     989|      233|    207
  Deaf-blindness ..............|      182|        71|         14|      8|       13|    4|      37|       14|     21
  Traumatic brain injury ......|    2,952|     1,345|        210|     65|      213|   17|     616|      185|    301
_______________________________|_________|__________|___________|_______|_________|_____|________|_________|_______

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\1\The upper age mandate for providing special education and related services as defined by state law, practice, or court order.
\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 report year, and did not exit through any of the other bases described. This category includes dropouts, runaways, GED recipients, expulsions, status unknown, and other exiters.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) data. Retrieved April 18, 2005 from http://www.ideadata.org/tables26th/ar_ad2.htm and http://www.ideadata.org/tables27th/ar_ad2.htm. (This table was prepared April 2005.)