|Diplomas and Disabilities|
Graduation Rates Vary
The following shows the number and proportion of disabled students age 17 or older who earned standard high school diplomas in 1997-98, as a percentage of all such students in that age bracket and disability category.
|Specific learning disabilities||99,640||30.5|
|Speech or language impairments||4,099||35.0|
|Other health impairments||5,052||29.6|
|Traumatic brain injury||671||27.7|
Standard Diplomas Inching Up
There has been a gradual rise in recent years in the proportion of students with disabilities earning standard high school diplomas, as a percentage of all such students ages 17 to 21 who exit their states’ education systems.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Data Analysis System.
A version of this article appeared in the December 06, 2000 edition of Education Week as Diplomas and Disabilities