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Federal data: More special needs kids are graduating

Among the concerns a parent of a student with disabilities may have is whether their child will be able to graduate. Now, a special needs student’s likelihood of getting a high school diploma can be affected by many aspects of their educational experience, both in high school and at lower levels. This is among the reasons why having a well-tailored Individualized Education Program that properly covers important issues relevant to their education needs can be so crucial for such students. So, what happens during the IEP process can matter greatly. Skilled education lawyers can give parents of special needs students guidance during this often complex process.

Whether they ultimately get a high school diploma is one of the things that can have significant implications for a special needs student’s future. So, the high school graduation rate for students with disabilities is a very important statistic. Recent federal data indicates that this rate is continuing on the encouraging trend of going up.

According to the federal government, the 2014-2015 school year saw a U.S. disabled student graduation rate of 64.6 percent. This is over a full percentage point up from the rate from the prior year (which was 63.1 percent). This makes the 2014-2015 school year the fourth consecutive year that saw increases in this rate here in America.

It is important to note though that, even with these increases, there is still a lot of room for improvement in this rate. The graduation rate of students with disabilities is still well below the overall graduation rate in the country, which was 83.2 percent in the 2014-2015 school year.

What do you think has played the biggest role in raising the nation’s disabled student graduation rate in recent years? What things do you think would be most helpful in raising it even further?

Source: Disability Scoop, “Graduation Rate Climbs For Students With Disabilities,” Michelle Diament, Oct. 18, 2016

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