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 the region performing?
In 2014, 9.7% of school-aged residents in the region were classified as having disabilities, higher the state (excluding NYC) proportion of 8.9%. This has remained steady since 2010. All counties in the region consistently had rates in the range of 9% or 10% throughout the decade, similar to the state, though Ulster's rate rose to 11.4% in 2014. Ulster County had the highest rate in 2014, followed by Orange at 9.6% and Dutchess at 9.0%.
School districts with especially high rates of disabled students (11% or more) included Tuxedo,Valley, and Minisink Valley in Orange; and Ellenville, Kingston, Marlboro, New Paltz, and Saugerties in Ulster. The lowest rate (and only rate below 5%) was in Kiryas Joel in Orange, 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.