Disabilities Task Force
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Appendices - Data and Charts
Postsecondary Education and Students with Disabilities
HIGH SCHOOL POPULATION
The enrollment of students ages 12 to 21 who are receiving special education services was 198,999 on December 1, 1997. During this school year (1997-98), 21,935 students receiving special education services exited the secondary education programs in New York State. Of this number, 9,405 exited with a Regents, local or high school equivalency (HSE) diploma. The number of students receiving special education services who earned a Regents diploma increased for the twelfth consecutive year, with an increase from the previous year of 4.6 percent. The remaining students either dropped out of school, exited with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) diploma or aged out of the system at age 21.
Students with disabilities who are exiting special education programs are primarily classified as having learning disabilities. In 1997-98, students with disabilities, ages 12 to 21, who were in special education programs were classified as follows: