Education: ED Reports Doubling of Students Identified with Autism

New data from the Department of Education indicate that the percentage of students with disabilities identified with autism has increased from 4.97% in 2008 to 10.51% in 2018. Students with autism were less likely to drop out than students with disabilities overall, but more likely to receive a certificate of completion. Students with autism were also less likely than students with disabilities overall to be included in the regular class 80% or more of the day and more likely to be included in the regular class less than 40% of the day. Girls, black or African American students, and Hispanic/Latino students were less likely to be identified with autism when compared to all students with disabilities.

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