Definition: Number of public school students receiving special education services (e.g., in 2019, 795,047 California students were enrolled in special education).Percentage of public school students receiving special education services (e.g., in 2019, 12.8% of California students were enrolled in special education).
Footnote: Years presented are the final year of a school year (e.g., 2018-19 is shown as 2019). California data include children and youth ages 0-22, whereas data for the U.S. include those ages 3-21. School district-level data reflect the district of residence, not the district in which services are accessed. The notation S refers to percentages that have been suppressed because there were fewer than 20 special education enrollees, and to numbers that have been suppressed in order to protect confidentiality. N/A means that data are not available or the percentage was far above average for that year (more than 3 standard deviations above the mean).