OSEP releases OSEP Fast Facts: Educational Environments of School Aged Children with Disabilities

OSEP Fast Facts: Educational Environments of Children with Disabilities, Ages 5 (in kindergarten) through 21, Served under IDEA Part B. Percentage of Students with Disabilities, Ages 5 - 21, Receiving Services Inside a Regular Class 80% or More of the Day, in the US, Outlying Areas, and Freely Associated States: SY 2020-21 The map demonstrates the ranges of the percent of Students with Disabilities, Ages 5 through 21, Receiving Services Inside a Regular Class 80% or More of the Day in 2020-21 by State. Educational environments are defined in the IDEA Part B Child Count and Educational Environments for School Year 2020-2021, OSEP Data Documentation.

WASHINGTON (May 23, 2022) – The Office of Special Education Programs released an OSEP Fast Facts on educational environments of school aged children with disabilities.

The new OSEP Fast Fact highlights the environments in which children with disabilities receive special education and related services.

According to the OSERS blog, the new OSEP Fast Facts show 66.17% of all school aged children served under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), received services inside a regular class 80% or more of the day.

The OSERS Fast Facts addresses the education environment of the percentage of students with disabilities receiving IDEA Part B services by factors such as race/ethnicity, disability category, services received in separate schools, and services received in parentally placed private schools.

OSEP Fast Facts is an ongoing effort to display data from the 12 data collections authorized under IDEA Section 618 into graphic, visual representations with the intent to present 618 data quickly and clearly.

Visit the OSEP Fast Facts page for existing and future Fast Facts.

OSEP Fast Facts: Educational Environments of School Aged Children with Disabilities

New OSEP Fast Facts: Students With Disabilities Who Are English Learners

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Office of Special Education Programs. OSEP Fast Facts: Students with Disabilities who are English Learners (Els) Served under IDEA Part B. Approximately 1.6% of students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools are dually identified as a student with a disability under IDEA Part B and an English Learner. 13.74% = national percentage of school aged children served under IDEA, Part B. Pie Chart Shows 11.85% of students served under IDEA, Part B are English Learners while 88.2% of students served under IDEA, Part B are non-English Learners. Source: U.S. Department of Education, EDFacts Data Warehouse (EDW): “IDEA Part B Child Count and Educational Environments Collection,” 2020-21. Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Statistics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Systems, 1980-81; Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education," 1985-86 through 2019-20 and 2020-21 Preliminary; and National Elementary and Secondary Enrollment Projection Model, through 2030.
OSEP Fast Facts: Students With Disabilities Who Are English Learners

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

WASHINGTON (April 6, 2022) – The Office of Special Education Programs released an OSEP Fast Facts on students with disabilities who are English learners served under Part B of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.

The new OSEP Fast Facts highlights 1.6% of students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools are dually identified as students with disabilities under IDEA Part B and an English learner. The OSEP Fast Facts also notes the number of students with disabilities who are English learners in the U.S. grew by almost 30% between the 2012 and 2020 school years, according to OSEP’s blog.

OSEP Fast Facts is an ongoing effort to display data from the 12 data collections authorized under IDEA Section 618 into graphic, visual representations with the intent to present 618 data quickly and clearly.

Visit the OSEP Fast Facts page for existing and future Fast Facts.

OSEP Fast Facts: Students With Disabilities Who Are English Learners (ELs) Served Under IDEA Part B

ED releases letter with updated COVID-19 guidance and resources for schools and students with disabilities

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Letters to Educators and Parents: New CDC recommendations and their impact on children with disabilities. March 24, 2022.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 24, 2022) – The U.S. Department of Education released updated guidance and resources to aid COVID-19 mitigation efforts in schools and address the needs of students with disabilities as the U.S. moves to a new phase of pandemic response.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona wrote a letter to educators and parents regarding new Centers for Disease Control recommendations and the recommendations’ impact on children with disabilities.

The letter addresses the CDC’s February 2022 framework for identifying COVID-19 Community Levels and encourages “schools to lead with equity and inclusion to ensure all students have access to in-person learning alongside their peers.”

“This document is intended to help educators, staff, and families thoughtfully design learning experiences for all students – including students with disabilities,” said Cardona in the letter. “It reviews some important strategies for doing so and reiterates key rights afforded to students with disabilities to make sure they can maintain equal access to in-person instruction and receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.”

The letter includes sections on leveraging the individualized education program or Section 504 process to ensure schools have protections in place to protect in-person learning; continuing use of layered prevention strategies to keep school communities safe; and ensuring students receive education and services in the least restrictive environment.

OSEP Fast Facts with Accompanying Supplemental Tool Looks at School Aged Children Served Under IDEA

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

OSEP Fast Facts: School aged children 5 (in kindergarten) through 21 Served under IDEA Part B. Introducing: Hand in Hand, A supplemental tool to use alongside the OSEP Fast Facts
OSEP Fast Facts Since 2012, the number of children, ages 5 (in kindergarten) - 21, served under IDEA, Part B, has increased by more than half a million students (738,154) or more than 12%.
2012 = 5,823,844; 2013 = 5,874,624; 2014 = 5,944,241; 2015 = 6,050,725; 2016 = 6,048,882; 2017 = 6,130,637; 2018 = 6,315,228; 2019 = 6,561,998
Source: U.S. Department of Education, EDFacts Data Warehouse.

WASHINGTON (May 27, 2021) – The Office of Special Education Programs released an OSEP Fast Facts and supplemental tool focused on school aged children aged 5 (in kindergarten) through 21 served under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The OSEP Fast Facts on School Aged Children 5 (in Kindergarten) Through 21 Served Under Part B, Section 618 of the IDEA highlights the 12% growth in the number of the students served from 2012 to 2019, according to an OSEP blog.

The OSEP blog stated specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, and other health impairment make up the top three disability categories for children aged 5 (in kindergarten) through 21.

Additionally, OSEP released a “Hand In Hand” supplemental tool that parents and stakeholders can use alongside the new OSEP Fast Fact.

This new tool guides users through the OSEP Fast Facts and is “presented with critical questions to allow parents and other stakeholders to engage with the materials,” according to OSEP’s blog.

OSEP Fast Facts is an ongoing effort to display data from the 12 data collections authorized under IDEA Section 618 into graphic, visual representations with the intent to present 618 data quickly and clearly.

Visit the OSEP Fast Facts page for existing and future Fast Facts.

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Hand In Hand for OSEP Fast Facts: School Aged Children 5 (in kindergarten) Through 21 Served Under Part B, of the IDEA

OSEP Fast Facts: School Aged Children 5 (in Kindergarten) Through 21 Served Under Part B, of the IDEA

OSEP Fast Facts Feature Newest Section 618 Data Files and Personnel

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

WASHINGTON (April 14, 2021) – The Office of Special Education Programs released two new OSEP Fast Facts about IDEA data files and personnel.

The IDEA data files infographic provides an overview of 10 data files using 2018-19 and 2019 data released earlier this year.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Office of Special Education Programs. OSEP Fast Facts: 2018-19/2019 IDEA Section 618 Data. 2.95% to 3.7% is the increase in the percentage of the population of infants and toddlers receiving early intervention services under IDEA, Part C, birth through 2 years, from 2014-15 to 2019-20. 8.85% to 9.86% increase in the percentage of the population of school age students served under IDEA, Part B, from 2014-15 to 2019-20. Infants and toddlers with disabilities exiting Part C were more likely to be Part B eligible than any other basis of exit.

This data may be “particularly useful when examining changes over time to the number of children with disabilities receiving” IDEA services, according to OSEP.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Office of Special Education Programs. OSEP Fast Facts: Part B Personnel. Number of special education teachers and paraprofessionals employed or contracted to work with children with disabilities for ages 3 through 21 in school year 2018-19. 520,637 special education paraprofessionals. 429,486 special education teachers. 228,805 related services personnel. In school year 2018-19, 7,278,380 children with disabilities were served under IDEA Part B.The personnel infographic provides visualizations of professionals employed or contracted to work with children with disabilities, ages 3 through 21, according to an OSEP blog.

OSEP Fast Facts is an ongoing effort to display data from the 12 data collections authorized under IDEA Section 618 into graphic, visual representations with the intent to present 618 data quickly and clearly.

Visit the OSEP Fast Facts page for existing and future Fast Facts.

OSEP Fast Facts: Part B Personnel

OSEP Fast Facts: Release of the 2018-19/2019 IDEA Section 618 Data

Department submits the 42nd Annual Report to Congress on nation’s progress related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

U.S. Department of Education 42nd Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2020. Image of Department of Education Seal.

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

WASHINGTON (Jan. 21, 2021)—The U.S. Department of Education submitted its 2020 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) annual report to Congress last week.

The 42nd Annual Report to Congress focuses on children and student with disabilities who received services specific to IDEA Part C for infants and toddlers or IDEA Part B for children and youth.

The report summarizes U.S. progress in:

  1. providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for children with disabilities under IDEA, Part B and early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families under IDEA, Part C,
  2. ensuring that the rights of these children with disabilities and their parents are protected,
  3. assisting states and localities in providing for the education of all children with disabilities, and
  4. assessing the effectiveness of efforts to educate children with disabilities.

Read the 42nd Annual Report to Congress preface or view the full report.