Education: 40th Annual Report to Congress on IDEA Implementation Released
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 report focuses 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 40th annual report, which covers the 2015-2016 school year, include:
- Almost one-half of students reported under the category of intellectual disability (49.4 percent) and students reported under the category of multiple disabilities (45.5 percent) were educated inside the regular class less than 40 percent of the day.
- From 2006-07 through 2015-16, the high school graduation percentage increased by at least 5 percentage points for each disability category except orthopedic impairment (4.3 percentage points), intellectual disability (4.6 percentage points), and multiple disabilities (2.2 percentage points).
The percentage of students with intellectual disability who graduated with a regular high school diploma decreased slightly from the previous year from 42.4 percent 42.2 percent.