Friday, May 30, 2014

BREAKING: NCES Releases Report On the Condition of Education 2014

Seal of the United States Department of Education
Seal of the United States Department of Education (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More fun with numbers!

The National Center for Education Statistics has released a report - "The Condition of Education 2014." The report contains a wealth of information and statistics on education in America.  

You can find general information here.  You can download the entire report here.

The report provides data about level of education and employment; the status of rural education; how post-secondary education is financed and tons of other topics of interest to those who work in or are concerned about education.  Check it out.

"Concerning special education, here is a small quote from the report:
Enacted in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities 
Education Act (IDEA), formerly known as the Education 
for All Handicapped Children Act (EAHCA), mandates 
the provision of a free and appropriate public school 
education for eligible children and youth ages 3–21. 
Eligible children and youth are those identified by a team 
of professionals as having a disability that adversely affects 
academic performance and as being in need of special 
education and related services. Data collection activities to 
monitor compliance with IDEA began in 1976. 
From school years 1990–91 through 2004–05, the 
number of children and youth ages 3–21 who received
special education services increased, as did their 
percentage of total public school enrollment: 4.7 million 
children and youth ages 3–21, or about 11 percent of 
public school enrollment, received special education 
services in 1990–91, compared with 6.7 million, or about 
14 percent, in 2004–05. The number and percentage of 
children and youth served under IDEA have declined 
each year from 2005–06 through 2011–12. By 2011–12, 
the number of children and youth receiving services had 
declined to 6.4 million, corresponding to 13 percent of 
total public school enrollment."

There is also a graph showing which eligibility categories have what share of kids served under IDEA.  Eg. Kids identified with specific learning disabilities are 36% of the kids on IEPs.

Let me know if you find other interesting facts in the report.
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