Universal Design for Learning at the University of Vermont

Trends in Disability Education


Learning-Disabled Enrollment

Dips After Long Climb

Students Served Chart

Percentage of Students Served (click enlarge)

After decades of what seemed to be an inexorable upward path, the number of students classified as learning-disabled declined from year to year over much of the past decade—a change in direction that is spurring debates among experts about the reasons why.

The percentage of 3- to 21-year-old students nationwide classified as having a “specific learning disability” dropped steadily from 6.1 percent in the 2000-01 school year to 5.2 percent in 2007-08, according to the most recent data available, which come from the U.S Department of Education’s 2009 Digest of Education Statistics. In numbers, that’s a drop from about 2.9 million to 2.6 million students.

Positive Trends (Article Excerpt) – About 80 percent of children who are classified as learning-disabled get the label because they’re struggling to read

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