Graduation Rate for U.S. Students With Disabilities Hits 65.5 Percent The 2015–2016 graduation rate for students with disabilities rose by nearly a full percentage point over the previous school year—to 65.5 percent—according to recently released data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The category includes students with physical disabilities, developmental delay, emotional disturbance, speech-language or hearing impairment, learning disabilities, ... News in Brief
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Graduation Rate for U.S. Students With Disabilities Hits 65.5 Percent
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Graduation Rate for U.S. Students With Disabilities Hits 65.5 Percent
The ASHA Leader, February 2018, Vol. 23, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.23022018.16
The ASHA Leader, February 2018, Vol. 23, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.23022018.16
The 2015–2016 graduation rate for students with disabilities rose by nearly a full percentage point over the previous school year—to 65.5 percent—according to recently released data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
The category includes students with physical disabilities, developmental delay, emotional disturbance, speech-language or hearing impairment, learning disabilities, visual impairment and other health impairments.
The overall graduation rate for the 2015–2016 high school class hit an all-time high of 84 percent. Rates for all subgroups, including various ethnic minorities and English-language learners, showed improvements.
Despite the gains, however, there is still cause for concern, according to a report in Education Week. Some demographic groups are still graduating at far better rates than their peers—for example, there is a gap of more than 14 percentage points between Asian and African-American students, and low-income students lag behind their overall class by more than six points.
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