Trends in Special Education Infographic

Learn about the history of special education and how students with learning disabilities have become able to participate in normal activities with their peers.

9 Special Education Trends

  1. 1983: 1 of 5 children with disabilities were educated in a regular school.
  2. 2012: NOW, thanks to IDEA, 96 % of children with disabilities are educated in regular schools.
  3. 4: percentage of children in 2012 with disabilities enrolled in schools for students with disabilities.
  4. 4.1 million: number of children and youth, ages 3-21 receiving special ed services in 1980-81
  5. 6.7 million: number (same age) in 2004-05, OR 14 % of total public school enrollment
  6. 6.4 million: number (same ages) in 2010-11, OR 13 % of total public school enrollment
  7. 50: percentage of students with disabilities that spend at least 80% of their day in regular classrooms.
  8. 3X: College enrollment rates among students with disabilities have more than tripled in the last 20 years.
  9. 2X: Special education teaching force has more than doubled in the last 20 years.
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