Definition: Number of public school children in grades K-12 receiving special education services, by type of disability.Percentage of public school children in grades K-12 receiving special education services, by type of disability (e.g., 12.6% of special education students in California in 2015 had autism).
Data Source: Special Tabulation by the California Dept. of Education, Special Education Division; Assessment, Evaluation and Support (Oct. 2015); California Dept. of Education, California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS); National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 2014, Table 204.30: "Children 3 to 21 years old served under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B, by type of disability: Selected years, 1976-77 through 2012-13" (Oct. 2015).
Footnote: Data for California reflect special education enrollment among children in grades K through 12, while data for the U.S. reflect enrollment among children in grades pre-K through 12. Years presented are the final year of a school year (e.g., 2014-2015 is shown as 2015). Disability is reported based on the “primary disability category.” Definitions of these disabilities are available at http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/SpecEd/gls_SpecEd.htm#dis0. In many counties, the percentage of deaf-blindness was rounded to 0.0% and should not be interpreted as no cases reported. LNE (Low Number Event) refers to percentages that have been suppressed because there were fewer than 20 students enrolled in special education, or numbers that have been suppressed because there were fewer than 10 students enrolled in special education. N/A means that data are not available or that the percent of students in special education was more than 3 standard deviations above the mean for that year.