Students with Disabilities
In 1998–1999, 6 million children (ages 0 to 21), or about 13% of public school children, were enrolled in special education programs. Slowly increasing numbers and proportions of children are being served in programs for the disabled. During the 1990–1991 school year, 11% of students were served in these programs compared with 13% in 1998–1999. Some of the rise since 1990–1991 may be attributed to the increasing proportion of children identified as learning disabled, which rose from 5% of enrollment to 6% of enrollment in 1998–1999.
NOTE: Because of rounding, details may not add to totals. (—) = not available.
1. Based on the enrollment in public schools, kindergarten through 12th grade, including a relatively small number of prekindergarten students. Includes students ages 3 to 21.
2. Less than .05%.
3. Includes preschool children ages 3 to 5.
4. Included in count by specific disability.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; National Center for Education Statistics. From Digest of Education Statistics 2003.