Students Receiving Special Education Services
What does this measure?
Percent of school-aged residents (6-21) classified with disabilities and receiving special education services.
Why is this important?
Students receiving special education services can be at greater risk for poor school performance, including lower test scores and a higher chance of dropping out. The proportion of students in special education can significantly impact a school district's budget, and it can be an indicator of the effectiveness of earlier intervention programs aimed at addressing problems in early years and preventing students from being classified with disabilities.
How is Dutchess County performing?
In 2014, 9.0% of school-aged residents in Dutchess County were classified as having disabilities, lower than recent levels and slightly higher than the state (excluding NYC) rate of 8.9%. This rate has decreased steadily over the years 2007 to 2014.
School districts with higher rates of disabled students (10% or more) were Beacon and Millbrook. Rates were 7% or lower in Rhinebeck, Pine Plains, Red Hook and Spackenkill.
Notes about the data
Varying school district practices on classifying students as disabled can impact the numbers. Also, school districts known for effective special education programs may attract more students with disabilities.