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Special Education Statistics
(updated September 2003)
Where can I find statistical data about children with disabilities?
This file includes information about sources of statistical information on education, including
- Center for Special Education Finance (CSEF)
CSEF addresses fiscal policy questions and provides information on special
- Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nationwide,
nonprofit organization of public officials who lead the departments responsible
for elementary and secondary education in the states, the US extra-state jurisdictions,
the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.
In representing chief education administrators, CCSSO works on behalf of the
state agencies that have primary authority for education in each state.
- Disability Statistics Report
The Disability Statistics RRTC Information Service provides in-depth statistical
analyses of national survey and program databases. Reports examine specific
topics relevant to current issues in disability research. Reports are mailed
to several thousand libraries, information centers, and disability organizations.
FedStats is a vast database of statistics from more than 100 U.S. Federal agencies. You can access statistics by the agency responsible for providing them, by topics, or by geographic region.
- IDEA Data
This website presents the most recent state-reported data available collected by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), as required under Section 618 of IDEA.
- Louis Harris survey, published by:
National Organization on Disability
910 16th Street, NW
1.800.240.4520 or 202.293.5960
This publication provides statistical information from a nationwide survey
of 1,000 Americans with disabilities, aged 16 and older, that was conducted
in April and May of 1998. It is designed to provide comprehensive and up-to-date
measures in a number of areas, including: (1) the nature and severity of the
disability of people with disabilities; (2) the participation in important
life activities, e.g., employment, socializing, financial status, and lifestyles
of Americans with Disabilities and how they have changed over the last 12
years; (3) job discrimination and the presence of barriers and unfavorable
attitudes in the workplace; (4) familiarity with the Americans with Disabilities
Act; (5) special needs of those with disabilities, including equipment, technology,
and personal assistance; (6) the sense of common identity shared by adults
with disabilties and changes over the past four years; (7) access to health
care and satisfaction with services; and (8) participation in religious services.
- National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
The Center collects and reports "statistics and information showing the condition
and progress of education in the United States and other nations in order
to promote and accelerate the improvement of American education."
402(b) of the National Education Statistics Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 9001).
This site provides most of the major statistical reports online.
Digest of Education Statistics 2002
Provides a compilation of statistical
information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten
through graduate school. Topics in the Digest include: the number of
schools and colleges; teachers; enrollments; graduates; educational
attainment; finances; federal funds for education; employment and income
of graduates; libraries; technology; and international comparisons.
- School District Demographics
Includes demographic data for all U.S. school districts derived from the Census 2000 P. L. 94-171 (Redistricting) File.
- National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey on Disability
- National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
NCEO offers information on assessments, accountability policy and practices,
national and state data collection programs, and standards-setting for all
students, including those with disabilities.
- National Data Resource Center (NDRC)
Established by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to broaden
access to data and information from studies and surveys that NCES maintains.
Among other services, NDRC will conduct special analysis on the NCES sets
to provide tables and related information. Use of NDRC is most appropriate
for well-defined questions that are likely to yield a few tables. This is
a free service.
- OSEP 24th Annual Report to Congress
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the US Department of
Education, has oversight for the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA). OSEP prepares an annual report to Congress that includes
substantial statistical data (number of children identified, etc.) on special
- State of the States Gifted and Talented Education Report
Dr. Kristy Ehlers
OK Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 316
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
This annual report, published by the Council of State Directors of Programs
for the Gifted, contains data on gifted education by state, including state
support, state funding, state mandates and regulations, state policies and
practices, program population, state and trust territory information, and
state contacts. Orders must be accompanied by a check for $25 made payable to CSDPG.
- Study of Personnel Needs in Special Education (SPeNSE)
Contains extensive information on the nation's general and special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, and special education paraprofessionals as well as information on local efforts to recruit and retain school personnel.
- Twenty-five Years of Educating Children with Disabilities
A publication from the American Youth Policy Forum and the Center on Education Policy.
- US Census Bureau disability information
- US Department of Education; map of resources by state
- Education Resource Organizations Directory
- White House Briefing Room Education Statistics
This service provides easy access to current Federal economic indicators.
It provides links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies.
All of the information included in the Economic Statistics Briefing Room is
maintained and updated by the statistical units of those agencies.
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