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 Ulster County performing?
In 2014, 11.4% of school-aged residents in Ulster County were classified as having disabilities, higher than the state (excluding NYC) and up a small amount from the previous year. This is also higher than both Dutchess (9.0%) and Orange (9.6%).
Among school districts, Kingston (13.8%), Ellenville (12.5%), Saugerties and New Paltz (both 11.5%) and Marlboro (12.0%), had the highest rates.
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.