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Christine Miles, 503-947-5637

April 4, 2012

State Releases Special Education Report Cards and Child Counts

More Oregon students receiving Special Education services in 2011-12

(Salem, Ore) – Today, Superintendent Susan Castillo released the 2010-11 Report Cards for Oregon Special Education and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education programs. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires the reports which provide valuable information regarding how well local special education and early intervention programs are serving students.

Also released today, the 2011-12 Special Education Child Count provides details on the current number of special education students, by disability, in Oregon schools. According to the report, the number of special education students in Oregon continues to increase, now representing 13.3% of the overall student population.

“As the number of special education students in our schools continues to rise, it is more critical than ever before that we provide consistent, high quality, appropriate programs and services,” said Superintendent Susan Castillo. “We want to ensure that all of our students have the supports they need to learn and grow.”

This year, the total number of Oregon children, ages 0-21, in special education programs has increased to 84,707, up from last year’s 83,967. The number of school-age students in special education (K-21) is 74,454 – up from last year’s 74,099.

Every child in Oregon identified as special education has at least one of the disabilities defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 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. Click here PDF for special education counts by disability category.

The Special Education report cards provide information about school district and early intervention/early childhood programs including the academic achievement in math and English/language arts of special education students, participation rates in state assessments, Adequate Yearly Progress rankings, results of the Early Childhood Assessment, percentage of infants and toddlers with Individual Family Service Plans, and much more.

The Oregon Department of Education is in its seventh year of two statewide initiatives designed to improve student performance: Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). RTI is the practice of providing high-quality research based academic instruction to all students and delivering increasingly intensive interventions which are matched to student need. PBIS is the use of systemic behavior support systems that allow students to focus on instruction and be successful in school. Click here PDF to learn more about Response to Intervention and the state’s efforts to scale up this work.

Since 1975, the federal government has required that all children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education and special services to meet their education needs. Special education instruction can be provided in a number of settings: regular classrooms, special classrooms, through an Education Service District, special schools, home instruction, and instruction in hospitals and institutions. Click here PDF for student counts by placement type.

For more information on special education and early childhood programs in Oregon, please visit http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=146.

To see historical information and trends on the number of special education students in Oregon, please visit the Oregon Statewide Report Card online at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1821.

Special Education and Early Childhood report cards (in English and Spanish) are online at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1831.

For more information on the Oregon State Performance Plan for Special Education, please visit http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1813.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Christine Miles, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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