OSEP Fast Facts Feature Newest Section 618 Data Files and Personnel

Go to OSEP Fast Facts: 2018–19/2019 IDEA Section 618 Data. Image description: 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.

OSEP Fast Facts:
2018–19/2019 IDEA Section 618 Data.

Go to 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.

OSEP Fast Facts:
Part B Personnel.

By the Office of Special Education Programs

OSEP is excited to release two new Fast Facts that take a closer look at our newly released 2018–19/2019 state level data files on the IDEA Section 618 Data Products website.

2018–19/2019 IDEA Section 618 Data Fast Facts

Our new release of the 2018–19/2019 IDEA Section 618 Data Fast Facts provides information on this release and includes displays related to Part B Child Count and Educational Environments, Part C Child Count and Settings, Discipline and Part B and Part C Exiting data collections.

Highlights from 2018–19/2019 IDEA Section 618 Data Fast Facts

  • The percentage of population of infants and toddlers receiving early intervention services under IDEA, Part C, birth through 2 years, increased from 2.95% in 2014–15 to 3.7% in 2019–20.
  • The percentage of the population of school age students served under IDEA, Part B, increased from 8.85% in 2014–15 to 9.86% in 2019–20.
  • In 2018–19, infants and toddlers with disabilities exiting Part C were more likely to be Part B eligible than any other basis of exit.

Part B Personnel Fast Facts

Our Part B Personnel Fast Facts provides visualizations on special education teachers, related services personnel, and paraprofessionals employed or contracted to work with children with disabilities who are ages 3 through 21.

Highlights from Part B Personnel Fast Facts

  • In 2018–19, there were 520,637 special education paraprofessionals, 429,486 special education teachers, and 222,805 related services personnel employed or contracted to work with children with disabilities for ages 3 through 21.
  • In 2018–19, the top three related services personnel reported were occupational therapists, psychologists, and speech-language pathologists.

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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Last modified on April 14, 2021