Definition: Percentage of public school students receiving special education services (e.g., in 2020, 13% of California students were enrolled in special education).
Data Source: California Dept. of Education, DataQuest & Special Education Division custom tabulation; National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics (Jun. 2021).
Footnote: Years presented are the final year of a school year (e.g., 2019-20 is shown as 2020). California data include children and youth ages 0-22, whereas data for the U.S. include those ages 3-21. School district-level data reflect the district of residence, not the district in which services are accessed. The notation S refers to percentages that have been suppressed because there were fewer than 20 special education enrollees, and to numbers that have been suppressed because there were between 1 and 10 enrollees or to protect confidentiality. N/A means that data are not available or the percentage was far above average for that year (more than 3 standard deviations above the mean).