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 Orange County performing?
In 2014, 9.6% of school-aged residents in Orange County were classified as having disabilities, slighly higher than the state (excluding NYC) and consistent with previous years. This rate is above Dutchess (9.0%) but below Ulster (11.4%).
Tuxedo school district had the highest rate at 12.2% and Valley was at 11.9%. Kiryas Joel was the lowest at 4.4%.
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.