Department of Education Releases Two New Fact Sheets on Race and Ethnicity
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released two new OSEP Fast Facts:
- American Indian or Alaska Native Children with Disabilities
- Black or African American Children with Disabilities
Based on data collections authorized under Section 618 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), OSEP’s Fast Facts are designed to quickly and visually display data gathered from IDEA Section 618.
Among the findings from the 2018-2019 school year, a higher number of Black or African American students were identified with intellectual disabilities and emotional disturbance when compared to all students with disabilities, and fewer were identified with speech or language impairments or Autism.
The resources also found that American Indian or Alaska Native students with disabilities were more likely to drop out of school, and Black or African American students were more likely to receive a disciplinary removal.