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NCES Report Cites Increase in Learning-Disabled Students

The percentage of disabled students with learning disabilities more than doubled from 1977 to 1994, according to a newly released compilation of data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Over that period, the percentage of students with disabilities who identified themselves as learning disabled rose from 22 percent to 46 percent, the department says.

The finding is one of hundreds contained in an annual report released last week by the National Center for Education Statistics.

"The Condition of Education 1996" assembles data from nearly 60 major studies, including statistics on enrollment, achievement, staffing, salaries, and spending.

Information about ordering copies of the report is available from the National Library of Education at (800) 424-1616 and on the Internet's World Wide Web at

Record for GED

A record number of adults earned General Educational Development credentials in 1995, administrators of the high-school-equivalency test report.

The test, run by the GED Testing Service of the Washington-based American Council on Education, gives adults who have not completed high school an opportunity to earn a high school credential and pursue higher education. More than half the 724,000 adults who took the test last year passed, the council reported.

Higher Education Trends

Colleges and universities are placing more emphasis on teaching and on programs that pay for themselves, according to a new report from the American Council on Education.

Among the biggest changes this year's edition of "Campus Trends" documents are more diversified financial bases, new tenure requirements, and stronger links with communities and businesses.

Copies of the report are available for $18 for ACE members and $20 for nonmembers from the American Council on Education, Department 36, 1 Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20055.

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