Diplomas Count 2015: Next Steps - Life After Special Education

Diplomas Count 2015: Report and Graduation Rates

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Vol. 34, Issue 33
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While the nation's graduation rate has hit another historic high, prospects are more mixed for children and youths with disabilities, according to Diplomas Count 2015.
After years in formalized special education programs, the transition from K-12 schools to work or college can be jarring for many students with disabilities and their families.
The Education Week Research Center compiled data from the U.S. Department of Education in order to shed light on the high school achievement and post-high-school outcomes of students with special needs.
Growing numbers of students with disabilities are headed to college, and many of them are choosing to keep their disability status to themselves.
The students with special needs who find the most success in college or the workplace are often those who were taught to stand up for themselves.
But it’s challenging for many students with disabilities and their families to locate real jobs where the youths can work alongside nondisabled workers and earn competitive wages.
Students with disabilities get more than their share of suspensions and expulsions—and that can lead many of them to drop out of school.
Despite federal efforts to bring uniformity to high school graduation calculations, states are inconsistent in setting diploma requirements for special education students.
It’s hard to say, but more schools are focusing on building postsecondary transition plans for their students with disabilities.
See how many K-12 students there are with certain specific disabilities, and how many of those students drop out or graduate with a regular high school diploma.
The latest federal calculations show that 81 percent of students with disabilities in the Class of 2013 graduated on time–and 62 percent of those with disabilities.
Includes tables with updated data on:
• Graduation in the United States
Diplomas Count 2015 State Graduation Briefs contain national and state-specific data on high school completion and include a special focus on students with disabilities. The information is presented in a series of charts and graphs, and includes comparisons to national averages.
This map includes state-by-state graduation rate data, as well as state graduation rates for historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups.