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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Last modified on August 9, 2021