The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released a new OSEP Fast Facts: Children Identified with Intellectual Disability, which explores our Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 618 data. This Fast Fact takes a closer look at our data on children whose primary disability is intellectual disability.
Highlights from OSEP Fast Facts: Children Identified with Intellectual Disability
In School Year (SY) 2021-22:
- The percentage of students with disabilities identified with intellectual disability was 6.02%. States reported a range from 2.29% to 14.82% of students with disabilities identified with intellectual disability.
- Students identified with intellectual disability were more likely to be an English Learner than all students with disabilities (13.16% and 11.8%).
- Students identified with intellectual disability were more likely to be served inside a regular class less than 40% of the day than all students with disabilities (13% and 47%).
- When compared to all students with disabilities, Black or African American students were more likely to be identified with intellectual disability (25.62% and 17.01%), and White students were less likely to be identified with intellectual disability (37.61% and 45.43%).
- Students identified with intellectual disability, ages 14-21, exiting school were more likely to receive a certificate (34% and 10%) and less likely to graduate with a regular high school diploma (48% and 75%) than all students with disabilities.
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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