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March 9, 2011
2010-11 Special Education Child Count Numbers Now Available
SALEM – The Oregon Department of Education has posted the numbers for Oregon’s Special Education Child Count for the 2010-11 school year. The report shows that the total number of Oregon children ages 0-21 in special education programs has increased to 83,991 – an increase from last year’s 82,764.
The number of school-age students in special education (K-21) is 74,122 – an increase from last year’s 73,449. This represents 13.2% of the school-age population in the state. Special education students are supported by federal, state and local resources. Every child in Oregon identified as special education has at least one of the disabilities defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
*Disability changed in 2011 from Mental Retardation to Intellectual Disability.
To see historical information and trends, please visit the Oregon Statewide Report Card online at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1821.
Special education instruction can be provided in a number of settings: regular classrooms, special education classrooms, through an Education Service District, special schools, home instruction, and instruction in hospitals and institutions. For Oregon, the placement of school-age students in special education is shown below:
The federal government requires that all children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education and special services to meet their individual education needs. IDEA governs special education and related services, provided at no cost to parents. Under Oregon law, IDEA applies to all eligible children with disabilities, birth-21. A child is eligible for special education and related services if a team of professionals and the parent determines that the child has a disability (defined in the law) and needs special education services because of that disability.
For more information please visit: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=146 .
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