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 41st annual report, which covers the 2016-2017 school year, include:
- Almost one-half of students reported under the category of intellectual disability (49.2 percent) and students reported under the category of multiple disabilities (46.1 percent) were educated inside the regular class less than 40 percent of the day.
- From 2007-08 through 2016-17, the high school graduation percentage increased by at least 5 percentage points for each disability category except intellectual disability (4.7 percentage points), multiple disabilities (0.1 percentage points), orthopedic impairment (1.6 percentage points), and visual impairment (3.4 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.