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Students Receiving Special Education Services

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Students Receiving Special Education Services

What does this measure?

Percent of school-aged residents (4-21) classified with disabilities and receiving special education services.

Why is this important?

Students receiving special education services can be at greater risk for poor school performance, including lower test scores and a higher chance of dropping out. The proportion of students in special education can significantly impact a school district's budget, and it can be an indicator of the effectiveness of earlier intervention programs aimed at addressing problems in early years and preventing students from being classified with disabilities.

How is the region performing?

In 2017, 10% of school-aged residents in the region were classified as having disabilities, similar to the state (excluding NYC) proportion. This has increased slightly since 2010. All counties in the region consistently had rates in the range of 9% to 12% throughout the decade, slightly higher than the state, though Ulster's rate rose to 13% in 2017. Ulster County had the highest rate in 2017, followed by Greene and Columbia at 11%, Dutchess, Orange, and Putnam at 10% and Sullivan at 9%.

School districts with especially high rates of disabled students (14% or more) included Ellenville, Kingston and Saugerties Central, in Ulster; Cairo-Durham in Greene County; Chester Unior Free in Orange County; and Livingston Manor in Sullivan County. The lowest rate was in Kiryas Joel and Highland Falls in Orange, at 3%.

Notes about the data

Varying school district practices on classifying students as disabled can impact the numbers. Also, school districts known for effective special education programs may attract more students with disabilities.

Students Receiving Special Education Services
2008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Region9%9%9%9%9%9%10%10%10%10%
Columbia County10%10%10%10%9%9%10%10%11%11%
Dutchess County9%9%9%9%9%9%9%10%10%10%
Greene County9%9%9%9%10%10%10%11%11%11%
Orange County9%9%9%9%9%9%9%9%10%10%
Putnam County10%10%10%10%10%10%10%10%10%10%
Sullivan County8%8%8%8%7%8%8%8%9%9%
Ulster County10%10%10%10%11%11%12%12%12%13%
NYS (excluding NYC)9%9%9%8%9%9%9%9%9%10%
Columbia School Districts
Chatham Central7%8%8%8%8%8%8%10%11%12%
Germantown Central12%12%10%10%10%11%10%10%11%10%
Hudson City12%13%14%13%12%12%13%13%13%13%
Kinderhook Central11%11%11%12%11%11%11%12%12%12%
New Lebanon Central8%8%9%9%8%6%6%7%6%7%
Taconic Hills Central9%8%8%8%8%9%9%9%10%10%
Dutchess School Districts
Arlington Central9%9%9%10%9%9%9%9%9%10%
Beacon City9%9%9%10%12%12%12%12%12%12%
Dover Union Free9%9%9%9%9%10%10%9%9%10%
Hyde Park Central8%8%8%8%8%8%8%8%7%7%
Millbrook Central13%13%12%12%12%12%12%13%13%12%
Northeast Central8%8%8%7%7%8%8%9%9%9%
Pawling Central12%11%10%9%9%9%9%9%8%7%
Pine Plains Central10%8%9%8%8%8%9%8%9%10%
Poughkeepsie City11%11%10%10%9%9%9%10%10%10%
Red Hook Central6%6%6%5%5%6%6%6%6%7%
Rhinebeck Central6%8%8%8%8%7%7%8%8%8%
Spackenkill Union Free9%9%9%9%9%9%9%10%11%11%
Wappingers Central9%10%10%10%11%11%11%11%11%11%
Greene School Districts
Cairo-Durham Central11%11%10%10%10%11%12%12%14%16%
Catskill Central10%10%11%12%12%12%13%15%14%13%
Coxsackie-Athens Central4%4%4%4%4%5%5%6%6%6%
Greenville Central11%12%12%12%13%13%13%12%13%12%
Hunter-Tannersville Central9%11%10%10%9%10%11%11%11%11%
Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central14%14%14%13%13%12%8%7%7%9%
Orange School Districts
Chester Union Free9%10%10%9%9%9%11%12%13%15%
Cornwall Central8%8%8%8%8%8%9%9%9%9%
Florida Union Free7%7%7%7%7%7%7%7%7%8%
Goshen Central9%8%8%8%9%9%9%11%11%11%
Greenwood Lake Union Free7%7%8%7%6%7%7%6%6%7%
Highland Falls Central3%3%2%3%3%3%3%3%3%3%
Kiryas Joel Village Union Free2%2%2%2%2%2%3%3%3%3%
Middletown City8%8%9%9%9%9%10%11%12%12%
Minisink Valley Central11%11%11%11%11%11%11%11%11%11%
Monroe-Woodbury Central11%10%10%10%10%10%10%10%11%12%
Newburgh City10%10%10%9%9%9%10%11%11%12%
Pine Bush Central11%11%10%10%10%10%10%9%10%10%
Port Jervis City10%11%11%11%12%12%13%13%14%13%
Tuxedo Union Free20%20%22%24%23%20%20%20%12%11%
Valley Central10%11%11%11%12%12%12%12%12%13%
Warwick Valley Central10%11%11%10%9%9%9%9%9%10%
Washingtonville Central8%7%8%8%8%8%8%8%8%9%
Putnam School Districts
Brewster Central10%10%10%9%9%9%9%10%10%9%
Carmel Central10%10%11%10%10%9%9%9%10%10%
Garrison Union Free5%4%4%4%3%2%4%6%5%6%
Haldane Central7%7%8%8%10%11%11%11%10%10%
Mahopac Central13%13%12%12%12%11%12%12%12%12%
Putnam Valley Central8%9%9%9%8%9%10%10%10%10%
Sullivan School Districts
Eldred Central9%7%6%5%5%6%6%6%6%6%
Fallsburg Central8%8%8%9%9%10%11%10%11%10%
Liberty Central11%10%9%9%9%9%8%9%10%11%
Livingston Manor Central12%11%12%11%12%13%14%13%12%14%
Monticello Central11%10%10%10%9%10%10%11%12%13%
Sullivan West Central7%6%6%5%5%6%5%5%5%6%
Tri-Valley Central8%9%8%8%8%9%10%11%11%11%
Ulster School Districts
Ellenville Central9%9%10%11%12%13%14%14%15%15%
Highland Central9%9%9%9%9%10%9%9%10%11%
Kingston City13%13%13%13%14%14%15%16%16%17%
Marlboro Central11%11%11%11%12%11%12%12%12%13%
New Paltz Central5%5%5%5%5%5%6%6%6%7%
Onteora Central12%13%12%11%11%11%12%11%11%12%
Rondout Valley Central12%12%13%13%12%12%12%12%12%13%
Saugerties Central10%10%11%12%13%13%13%13%13%14%
Wallkill Central9%9%9%9%9%9%9%9%10%10%

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Figures reflect percentage of residents 4-21 receiving services.




Number of Students Receiving Special Education Services
2008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Region26,71726,40026,30126,02925,64025,57325,88226,23926,50926,912
Columbia County1,3211,3111,2931,2711,2001,1591,1681,1921,1881,178
Dutchess County7,0107,0086,9586,8756,7076,5926,5456,6116,5316,458
Greene County1,0059901,0079849839919819841,001998
Orange County9,1099,0199,0259,0128,9339,0449,3599,6129,87310,186
Putnam County2,4972,4632,4332,3612,2982,1942,2202,1982,1802,143
Sullivan County1,5011,3891,3491,3221,2771,3321,3181,3311,4021,484
Ulster County4,2744,2204,2364,2044,2424,2614,2914,3114,3344,465
NYS (excluding NYC)249,905246,862245,424225,909236,316231,030236,789239,347242,639245,420
Columbia School Districts
Chatham Central148159156154158146149172180193
Germantown Central1161159590889284798480
Hudson City410422432385366345362365352343
Kinderhook Central344337328356319315306311312299
New Lebanon Central70647476654945514651
Taconic Hills Central233214208210204212222214214212
Dutchess School Districts
Arlington Central1,4681,4861,5081,5031,3591,3371,3451,3381,3291,383
Beacon City476462492494584585565548539566
Dover Union Free214217210206207223214203195206
Hyde Park Central718726717732688661674652608577
Millbrook Central257253226220225216216224219208
Northeast Central142149141127126128136140141139
Pawling Central289256236213209192185190173145
Pine Plains Central180159158147146147146138152164
Poughkeepsie City992989891826782727710767779786
Red Hook Central258261248239229235253247256261
Rhinebeck Central109137138135134120109121129124
Spackenkill Union Free213196208198182179177194220218
Wappingers Central1,6941,7171,7851,8351,8361,8421,8151,8491,7911,681
Greene School Districts
Cairo-Durham Central231224210190189200215201234260
Catskill Central270264282297297288299323306269
Coxsackie-Athens Central139121138129134153147159165172
Greenville Central212219228221231217213197197189
Hunter-Tannersville Central68766970616767686466
Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central85868077716640363542
Orange School Districts
Chester Union Free141145144139138135161173199227
Cornwall Central379385381382360378392421418402
Florida Union Free899191918990898086102
Goshen Central391362366378386394414461478475
Greenwood Lake Union Free94839583828883777681
Highland Falls Central139144136144144156141137155167
Kiryas Joel Village Union Free168163186209230234279276270308
Middletown City8718609249579119461,0431,1091,1691,240
Minisink Valley Central669671651647644653661656659633
Monroe-Woodbury Central1,1331,0651,0251,0731,0391,0059901,0431,1071,179
Newburgh City1,7591,7361,6671,6241,5731,6451,7611,8261,8871,977
Pine Bush Central942907883858854807798787798813
Port Jervis City415442443456487511530541570552
Tuxedo Union Free1061091161311241091041066458
Valley Central732746762775821837852853853872
Warwick Valley Central602634631577564531532534553564
Washingtonville Central479476524488487525529532531536
Putnam School Districts
Brewster Central513517510477464461436462461418
Carmel Central715732734711682620617591597615
Garrison Union Free26232323181220272629
Haldane Central90879598115126127123109108
Mahopac Central937879842827805750777763756746
Putnam Valley Central216225229225214225243232231227
Sullivan School Districts
Eldred Central98816856536561636256
Fallsburg Central196199210213215240255235242219
Liberty Central248223207210211191178189212229
Livingston Manor Central89849079889599878392
Monticello Central586532525519473487468497550614
Sullivan West Central158140129121115122116113105118
Tri-Valley Central126130120124122132141147148156
Ulster School Districts
Ellenville Central234241267277299305329316331329
Highland Central252248259253243265242236259268
Kingston City1,3791,3891,3701,3571,3891,4201,4601,5001,5061,528
Marlboro Central350327325307331315318312323338
New Paltz Central331328320316318332360373354375
Onteora Central338339307283279274277263260267
Rondout Valley Central449439448436411390374374370392
Saugerties Central465464494528531532515529516543
Wallkill Central476445446447441428416408415425

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Figures reflect number of residents 4-21 receiving services.




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Decreasing
Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Household Types Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Decreasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Seniors Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Increasing
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Maintaining
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Increasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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