The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that the Department of Education report annually on the progress made toward the provision of a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities and the provision of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities. The reports focus on the children and students with disabilities being served under IDEA, Parts C or B, nationally and at the state level. Notable findings in the 39th annual report that covers the 2014-2015 school year include:
- Almost one-half of students reported under the category of intellectual disability (49.7 percent) and students reported under the category of multiple disabilities (46.2 percent) were educated inside the regular class less than 40% of the day.
- From 2005-06 through 2014-15, the high school graduation percentage increased by at least 10 percentage points for each disability category except orthopedic impairment (2.4 percentage points), intellectual disability (5.3 percentage points), and multiple disabilities (5.3 percentage points).
- The percentage of students with intellectual disability who graduated with a regular high school diploma increased slightly from the previous year from 40.8 percent 42.4 percent.